Worked for the U.S. Navy during WWII

M. Virginia Howerton Murray, long-time resident of Cofffman Bend (Climax Springs), Mo. died Feb. 6, 2013 in Springfield’s Mercy Hospital. She was born in Mexico, Mo. May 18, 1922 and graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, 1940. She married Kenneth McCord (Colon, NE) in November 1941. Kenneth enlisted in the U.S. Navy soon after, and they both moved to California where Virginia worked for the Navy during World War II.

After the war, they owned an appliance business in Wahoo, NE, farmed the McCord land in Colon, and raised daughter Connie (1951) and son Rick (1953) as well as some quarter horses. Ken went into electronics, worked on the ground floor of computer technology, and over the years, his jobs took the family to California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Arizona and back to Nebraska, sometimes even building a new home in a new state, with Virginia overseeing much of the construction.

In 1975, Virginia married widower (and former high school sweetheart) Dr. Robert Murray, enjoying the addition of her three step-children, Steve, Susan and Scott. An avid sailor, “Dr. Bob” moved his medical practice to Climax Springs, Missouri in 1981where Virginia and he built a house with a garden for Virginia and a dock for the sail boat on the Lake of the Ozarks. They both retired full-time in 1986.

Virginia is survived by her sister Dorothy Howerton Labore, children Constance McCord and Rick McCord, step-children Steven Murray, Susan Murray Ayer, and Scott Murray, and step-grandchildren Matthew Frey, Laura Thomas, Tess Thomas and Joyce Manning.

There will be a memorial service at Our Lady of the Snows Church (on Coffman Bend at Grace Lane) Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.; the family has requested no flowers. Memorial donations may be sent to the First Responders, Coffman Bend Fire Department (3354 Coffman Bend Road, Climax Springs, MO 65324).