Bernice E. Murray, age 92, Watertown, the widow of Raymond Murray, died Saturday,
April 10, 2004 at the Beverly Healthcare Center at Lake Norden where she has resided
the past year.
The funeral service was held April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational United
Church of Christ at Clark, with Pastor Donna Nickels officiating. Burial was at Rosehill
She was born at Clark, S.D. on December 4, 1911, the daughter of Earl W. and Jessie
(Taylor) Anderson. She attended Clark School, graduating from Clark High School in
1929. Following her high school education, she attended and graduated from Northern
Normal at Aberdeen with a teaching certificate. She then began a career in teaching first
grade in area schools, a career that spanned for some 36 years.
On October 12, 1932 she was united in marriage to Raymond H. Murray at Watertown.
Her husband was Superintendent of School for many years as well. She taught for three
years in country schools, Ash Consolidated School for six years, Doland for four years,
Egan for three years and then in the Miller School System for 20 years.
In 1970 the couple returned to Clark and lived here until retiring and moving to Lake Kampeska in 1973, spending the summers at the lake and winters in Arizona and California. Mr. Murray died in 1992. She continued living at the lake until moving into Maple Place and in April of 2003 to Lake Norden.
Her church affiliations over the years included the Presbyterian Church at Miller, First
Congregational Church at Watertown and the Plymouth Congregational Church at Clark
where she was active in Women's Fellowship and Circles.
She was a longtime member of the Peace Chapter Order of Eastern StarRaymond/Clark and the PEO at Watertown.
Some of her hobbies included crocheting and walking, but her fondest moments were
spent reading, especially Danielle Steele novels.
Survivors include three nieces, including Vici Faehnrich of Watertown, two nephews, 15
grand nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; a brother, Eugene Anderson; sisters,
Dorothy Pedersen and Earline Hurlbut Brothanek and a niece and nephew.
Memorials in her memory would be preferred to the Alzheimer's Assn. of South Dakota,
1000 N. West Avenue #250, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
Bernice E. Anderson Murray
Hand County, South Dakota Genealogy & Family Research Center
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