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Kelly Leonard Murray

Kelly Leonard Murray, 92, of Raleigh, NC, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014. She was born August 3, 1922 in Franklin Co, NC to Benny and Eva Leonard.

Kelly is survived by her daughter, Diane Clark (Wes) of Raleigh, NC; sons, Jimmy Murray (Sherry) of Wendell, NC, and Doug Murray (Sheila) of Raleigh, NC; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Staley Leonard (Corrine) of Franklin Co, NC as well as many other loving family and friends.

Kelly is predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Murray; parents, Benny and Eva Leonard; brothers, Malcolm Leonard, Bud Leonard, J.B. Leonard, and Alfred Leonard; sisters, Mozell Smith and Daphine Murphy and one grandson, Jimmy A Murray, Jr.

A strong Christian faith and love of family were characteristics that were exemplified in our mother’s life. She was very active in the life of her church from working with nursery school children to Wednesday Night Suppers. Mother also worked with The Wake County Public Schools as a cafeteria manager. This kept her very busy; but not so that her role as mother to three growing children was diminished! She was very involved with our schooling and outside activities. It wasn’t too long before in-laws were in the mix, followed by grandchildren, granddogs and great grandchildren. One of our mother’s greatest pleasures was fixing favorite family foods and having all of her family over. We will always remember the good times shared, the blessings evoked, and a table filled with “mother’s cooking”. Love always, Diane, Jimmy, and Doug.

Our sincere thanks to the staff at Litchford Falls Healthcare fort the care and love given to our mother, particularly the nurses that we talked with every day: Teresa, Mercy, and T.J. and special kudos to Keonna who made sure her hair, and makeup were done.

The family will receive guests on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2100 Noble Rd., Raleigh where a funeral service will begin at 11:00am. Interment will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2100 Noble Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608.

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