Patsy L. Murray

Patsy L. Murray

BERLIN, MD—Patsy Lee Murray, 87, recently passed away at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

Pat was born in Corinne, West Virginia, to Essie Lee Vaught and Margaret (Stover) Vaught. She spent most of her childhood living in Helen, West Virginia, where she graduated from Mark Twain High School in 1952.

On June 24, 1955, Pat married James Clifford O’Dell and to that union two children were born, Kathy Lee Russell and Michael James O’Dell.

As the wife of an Air Force pilot, Pat lived in several U.S. states, as well as in Europe, affording her the opportunity to travel extensively. She was a stay-at-home mother and community volunteer until she re-entered the workforce in 1971, managing stores for the Philipsborn chain of clothiers. Pat continued to manage stores in the Washington, D.C., area throughout the 1970s and 1980s. 

On July 16, 1983, Pat married James Patrick Murray in Rockville, Maryland. Pat and Jim lived in Potomac, Maryland, until they retired to White Stone, where they volunteered as docents at Historic Christ Church and Museum in Weems and at Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock. 

Pat enjoyed fashion, good food, entertaining and laughter. Most of all, Pat delighted in her grandchildren—Brett, Matthew, Clifford and Taylor.

Pat is survived by two brothers, Essie James Vaught of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Frederick Vaught of Mechanicsville; daughter, Kathy (Jonathan) Russell of Bethany Beach, Delaware; and son, Michael (Tara) O’Dell of McCook, Nebraska. Pat also leaves behind four great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Patrick Murray.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 1, at the Ocean View chapel of Melson’s Funeral Home in Ocean View, Delaware, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, DE 19970.

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