Eleanor D. Murray, 91, homemaker, club member

December 11, 2003

Eleanor D. Murray, a homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 4 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, where she lived for the past six years. She was 91 and had been a longtime Pikesville resident.

Born Frances Eleanor Downes on a Queen Anne's County farm near Centreville, she was a 1928 graduate of Church Hill High School. She earned a degree in 1931 from St. Mary's Female Seminary -- now St. Mary's College of Maryland -- and worked briefly at Springfield State Hospital as a psychiatric licensed practical nurse.

She was active in the Rockdale Garden Club and won awards for her flower arranging at the state fair. She also belonged to the Maryvale Mothers Club and the Homemakers' Club, and enjoyed taking University of Maryland extension courses.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville, where she was formerly a member.

Her husband of 54 years, Raymond I. Murray, a general contractor, died in 1989.

Survivors include a son, Ray Murray Jr. of San Francisco; two daughters, Mary Frances Brandin of Seattle and Ann K. Murray of Baltimore; a brother, James A. Downes of Lutherville; two sisters, Helen D. Painton of Towson and Mary Ethel Knoll of Silver Spring; and two grandchildren.

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