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Eleanor Murray dies at 94

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Eleanor N. Murray, 94, of Chesterton, passed away March 29, 2009 in Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.

She was born July 3, 1914 in Meridian, Miss. the daughter of John Thomas and Harriet Adelaide (Norton) Hermansader

On April 6, 1947 in Grosse Point, Mich., she married Bonsel Murray, who preceded her in death in 1990.

She is survived by James Thomas (Kari) Murray, of Chesterton; Sarah Emily Mahboubi, of Muncie; grandsons, Kevin J. (Rachel) Murray, of Chesterton, Cole L. Murray of Playa Vista, Calif., Nabil J. Mahboubi and Na’im B. Mahboubi, both of Muncie; and special friends, Marsha Wood, Sue Keiser and Pam Babcock.

Eleanor graduated in 1935 with a B.S. in Art from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. As a girl in the 1920s, Eleanor was a Girl Scout, she lettered in swimming and basketball in college, was a long-time member of League of Women Voters, ISTA, Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County and a contributor for the Chesterton Art Fair. She was a member of BPW and was honored once as Woman of the Year. She was commissioned to paint murals at the courthouse in Valparaiso for the Indiana Sesquicentennial. She was a long-time member of Porter United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and served on the Calumet District Board.

Funeral services, Pastor G. Thomas Jones officiating, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2 at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Interment will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 1 from 3-7 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Bible Society and Boys and Girls Club Duneland Unit.

For information, please call 926-1309.


Posted 3/30/2009