Originally Published: November 19, 2017 6:01 a.m.
Barbara June Murray, 85 of Dewey, Arizona, passed into the Lord’s hands Nov. 11, 2017. She was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Jacksonville, Illinois, to Thomas and Julia Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lorene Gibson, brother John H. Smith, husband James V. Murray and grandson James LaRue.
She is survived by her son, John E. Murray; daughters, Dena L. Schwarz, Susan J. Anderson and Tina L. Murray; three grandchildren, five great and six great-great grandchildren, and two nieces.
She (Bobby) grew up in Southern Illinois, where she sang in church as a young child for funerals. She and James married in August 1950. Together they started a Western Auto store in Shawneetown, Illinois, until 1959 then moved to Phoenix.
As a Golden Garter Girl that entertained as a singer in night clubs. She loved to sew, knit, crochet and paint. Her life was full on a Phoenix ranch until moving to Scottsdale where her talents continued to flourish as she owned/operated a Hair Salon and Broker / Agent in Real Estate, then retired in Dewey.
The “Golden Rule” and strong faith was taught by example saying “find something you love to do, that will help others as your life will reap great rewards.” She will be greatly missed by her family and all who’s life she touched. Greatest heart felt appreciation goes to Maggie’s Hospice and the Marley House for their love and compassion in Mom’s final days. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Prescott, Arizona. Arrangements through Heritage Memory Mortuary.
Information provided by the family.