Margaret Winona (Ramsay) Murray

Birth:  Feb. 12, 1927 Molalla Clackamas County Oregon, USA

Death:  Dec. 15, 2006 Dallas Polk County Oregon, USA

Feb. 12, 1927 — Dec. 15, 2006

Margaret Winona Murray, 79, of Dallas died Friday at the Dallas Retirement Village Friday.

She was born in Molalla, the daughter of Clarence Ebb and Cora Ella (Coover) Ramsay. She graduated from Molalla High School. She worked at a bank as a bookkeeper in Salem, following high school.

She married Melvin Peterson in 1947, and they were married 30 years. Margaret lived in Dallas and Silverton before moving to Albany, where she lived for more than 20 years. While living in Silverton, she volunteered at the nursing home, doing hair for the residents. For many years, she worked for Safeway and Fred Meyer as a meat wrapper.

She married Terry L. Murray on July 1, 1979, in Salem. He preceded her in death in June 2003. She returned to live in Dallas two years ago.

Margaret and Terry traveled cross country and enjoyed many historical sites. She taught herself to crochet and gave many afghans away to family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, playing card games and gardening. She collected seashells and rocks from her adventures on the road. She had a caring heart and enjoyed helping people. She was a member of the Albany First Christian Church and had transferred her membership to the Dallas church.

She is survived by daughters Chris L. Schmitke of Salem, Myrna E. Manning of Dallas and Marcia W. Banford of Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada; stepson James V. Murray of Sylmar, Calif.; stepdaughter Melinda M. Murray of North Bend; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Naomi E. McEwen of Centralia, Wash. She was preceded in death by brothers Everett, Earl, Clyde, Walter and Marvin Ramsay, and sisters Laura and Lily.

Viewing today at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. A memorial service will be Tuesday in the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Association or to Oregon Health & Science University Foundation in care of the mortuary, 287 S.W. Washington St., Dallas, OR 97338.

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Albany Democrat Herald December 18, 2006