Mary Jane Murray, 85, of Bagley, MN died on April 23, 2010 at the Meric Care Hospital in Fargo, ND
Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Rice Lake, MN with Mother Lisa Smith officiating. A wake will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at the St. Phillips Episcopal Cemetery in Rice Lake, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.
Mary Jane was born on November 2, 1924 in White Earth, Minnesota the daughter of Lawrence and Isabell Stevens. Mary grew up in the Rice Lake area and attended school in Pipestone, MN and Flandreau, SD. After school Mary worked at the Brainerd Hospital. In 1949 Mary married Bill Murray in Chicago, Ill where they lived for the next 6 years. They moved to Ebro, MN where Mary resided until 2008 when she moved into the Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab Center in Bagley, MN.
Mary worked at the Rodwell Nursing Home in Mahnomen, MN, but her great love of children led her to work in White Earth tutoring children and retired from Bagley Elementary School in 1991 after 26 years of service. Mary received the Minnesota Indian Educator Association Elder of the year award in 1991.
Mary loved playing bingo, going to the casino, playing cards and scrabble, putting puzzles together, reading books, and being with her grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her Daughters- Janice Murray of Bagley, MN Karen Murray of Bagley, MN Brothers-Brent Stevens, Donald Stevens, and Ronald Stevens all of Bagley, MN Sisters- Rosie Beaulieu of Bagley, MN, Ida Giard of Mahnomen, MN, Connie (Richard) LaFriniere of Mahnomen, MN, Bonnie (Ken) LaFriniere of Mahnomen, MN, Yvonne Stevens of Bagley, MN Special Grandson- Brent Murray 0f Mahnomen, MN
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill in 1992, daughter Lynn, 3 brothers; Lonnie and Lawrence Stevens Jr. and an infant brother and 4 sisters; Violet Carpentier, Celestine Moose, Roberta Cox, and Alice Stevens.