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Helen Murray

May 14, 2017

Helen L. Murray of Newton KS, 93, died on May 14, 2017. She was born June 2, 1923, the youngest child of Ernest and Carrie (Spiller) Farrar, of Norwich, KS.  In 1929, Ernest married Ersie Houser after Carrie died.  Helen attended school in Norwich and went to Southwestern College, where she got her Assoc. Degree. She taught school for 2 years in Burns KS during World War II.  Helen married Henry Murray, of Marion, KS. They lived in KS then in NJ.  She and husband Henry, moved back to be in the Central Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church.  Helen’s hobbies were sewing, knitting, quilting, singing and playing piano. She loved windmills and sunflowers, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was active in UMW and Sunday School teaching, and music programs in Burr Oak, Lindsborg, Peabody, Wichita – Mt Vernon and Dellrose, LaCrosse, and Derby – Woodlawn.  In 1966, she and Henry joined the National Board of Missions’ New Church Development program.    After retiring from active ministry, they stayed in Newton.  Helen is preceded in death by siblings Marie B. Fisher, Clarence, Howard, Kenneth, Opal, Max, and Paul Farrar, and husband of 60 years, Henry Murray. Surviving are children Nancy (Murray) Mulholland, son Harold Murray (Nancy Cockrum), grandsons Vance Mulholland (Laura), Patrick (Yvette Vymazal), and Benjamin (Kristina Gannon) Mulholland, and great grandchildren Parker and Gabrielle Mulholland.


Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church 1200 North Boyd Newton, Kansas with The Reverend Donna Voteau presiding.  Inurnment service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday at the UpChurch Cemetery in Norwich, Kansas.


Memorials are suggested to the Henry and Helen Murray Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southwestern College in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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  1. Dear Nancy Mulholland and Family, we’re so sorry for your loss.
    The Saccucci Family

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