E. V. Murray

E. V. Murray

June 3, 1935 – June 4, 2020

Eulah Viola Murray was born on June 3, 1935 in Mt. Holly, NJ to the late James and Nellie Murray.  She was the third of ten children.  She attended school in Mt. Holly and graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1952.  She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly, NJ before attending college.  While working there, Eulah met one of her lifelong friends, Nina Walker. 

Eulah was a graduate of Glassboro State College (Rowan University) in Glassboro, NJ with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1957.  She taught grades 1, 2, and 5 in the Pemberton Township Public School System in New Jersey.  She was a dedicated teacher for 42 years.  She was honored with the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1990.

Eulah attended Second Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, NJ.  She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 13 and was baptized with her two sisters, Augustina and Rebecca in February 1948.  She sang in the choir as well as with three of her sisters whenever her father, who was a minister, preached at various churches.  Eulah joined Christ Baptist Church in 1990, where she was a member of the Senior Choir and the director of the Children’s Choir for many years. She taught Vacation Bible School at her church each summer until she relocated to Maryland to live with her daughter.  In addition to the other ministries she participated in, she loved being a part of the “Kitchen Crew” with her buddy Nina.   In 2017, she became a member of From the Heart Church Ministries, where she participated in the Seniors ministry and frequently attended Noon Day Bible Study.

Her father instilled in her a love for music. She played the violin and piano.  She was very artistic.  She loved decorating her classroom with pieces she created instead of purchasing materials from the teachers’ store.  She always wanted to enhance her students’ learning.  She was also a skilled bowler and had won several trophies in bowling tournaments.  She enjoyed traveling with her daughter and friends to several places, such as the Caribbean and Canada.  She enjoyed relaxing and lounging at the shore, especially Myrtle Beach, SC.

Eulah went home to be with the Lord peacefully on June 4, 2020.  Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Barbara, her siblings Rebecca Morris, Patricia Hardin (Fred), Charlene House (Calvin), Elbert Murray (Nellie), her adopted sister, Marcia Haddock and adopted son, Corey Schettino; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by brothers, James and Dennis Murray; sisters, Nellie Murray, Petronia Murray, and Augustina Pittman.

  • Gail Saunders
    Posted at 12:19h, 08 June Reply

    Thank you Miss Murray. After graduating UMES, Barbra and I traveled with Miss Murray and Mrs. Nina. Not only did we have a blast, we learned a lot. After relocating to Maryland I soon found that she was no finish with teaching. Miss Murray volunteered in Barbra’s classroom and made a huge impact on my grand-daughter whom she tutored for over 2 years. I will miss our outings to the bowling alley and race track..

  • Min. Earl Jackson and Dr. M. Jackson
    Posted at 14:14h, 10 June Reply

    Sis. Murray was truly a woman of God whose spiritual countenance was always one of grace and elegance. We remember her steadfast dedication to the children’s choir as their pianist and musical instructor. Our daughter Sarah was indeed blessed as a youth member of the children’s choir at Christ Baptist Church. We, as a family, will miss this elegant lady’s musical gifts and graceful demeanor. She was a class act with a Christian spirit.

  • Joseph Hayman
    Posted at 02:49h, 13 June Reply

    I did not know Ms. Murray for very long. However it was long enough for her to nickname me baldy. Her quiet humor and our constant exchange of jokes and laughter will surely be missed.

  • Adriene Antionette Grant
    Posted at 12:50h, 15 June Reply

    It was ALWAYS a pleasure to see Sister Murray and Barbara at church. They looked like “two peas in a pod”. I didn’t know Sister Murray very well, but Barbara spoke soooo fondly of her mom. She had such a calm , loving spirit. I will miss seeing them together. May God continue to comfort Barbara and the family.

  • Corey Schettino
    Posted at 14:09h, 15 June Reply

    I knew Ms. Eulah for a long time and loved her, she was like a second mom. She always gave me good advice even when it was something I didn’t want to hear. I will always miss our breakfast dates, she will be missed.

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