Irene I. Murray, 78, resident of Baker City, Ore., died March 22, 2007, at her residence.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated.
A private Interment was held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. A reception was held at the family home.
Irene was born Irene Isabel Williamson to Floyd (Buck) and Adeline (Addie) Williamson on Sept. 23, 1928.
She attended Rock Creek School, Haines School and graduated from Baker High School. She started her telephone operator career at the age of 15 in the Haines, Ore., Telephone office.
She married Paul Edwin Murray on Feb. 19, 1950, in Weiser, Idaho. She worked in Baker City for Pacific Northwest Bell as a telephone operator until illness caused her to retire in 1971. She and Paul have three children, John Murray of Baker City, Paula Taylor of Haines, Ore., and David Murray of Boise, Idaho, all living.
Her hobbies were painting ceramics and oil painting. She became quite accomplished at both. She loved fishing, camping and working on her high school reunion committee. She could master any craft from woodworking to rewiring her remodeled home.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Paul.
She loved being with her family. She has 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grand children.
She is survived by her brother, Craig Williamson of Milwaukie, Ore., as well as her children and grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor