Ann T. Murray
Our beloved Ann "Enya" Theresa (Hanley) Murray, loving wife of the late Norman M. Murray II, and mother of three, was suddenly called home to be with God on Monday May 31, 2021, while in the care of Hospice at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Born on June 14, 1944, in Tullamore, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late John and Bridget (Johnson) Hanley. Ann grew up in Ireland, and moved to London after secondary school, where she met her beloved husband. They were married on October 8, 1966. Ann lived in Scotland, just before emigrating to The United States, where they settled in Bethlehem with their 2 year old son; she became a naturalized citizen in 1976.
Ann dedicated her life work to caring for people with all stages of Alzheimer's, as well as advocating for families and loved ones of those patients. She worked for The Village at Willow Lane in Macungie just before retiring. Post retirement, Ann continued to care for her husband who was on dialysis treatments, and cared for him at home until he passed in August 2020.
God, family, and people were her primary passions in life. She loved meeting people, and wouldn't hesitate to walk up to strangers to introduce herself and learn about them. She had friends everywhere she went, and those who were blessed enough to know her, would say that she always brought joy and laughter to everyone. People were drawn to her, because of how genuine and honest she was. "What you see is what you get" was her motto; she did not put a façade on for anyone, which was appreciated by so many.
Ann loved Bible study, traveling, crossword puzzles, reading biographies, gardening, cooking and her early morning walks. She was fond of her wonderful friends in her community, and was always watching out for her neighbors, which earned her the title of "Governor" of Brookfield. Her front porch was often a meeting place for friends to gather for conversation with lots of laughter.
Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Norman M. Murray II, and their first born daughter Mary; Brothers Joseph Patrick Hanley, John (Son) Hanley of Ireland. Sisters Alice Hayden of Ireland, and Margaret Taylor of Victoria B.C. In laws, Donald Murray, Iain Murray, Thomas Murray, Mary Wood, Betty Murray, all from Scotland.
She is survived by her son Iain M. Murray, daughter, Sharon L Murray- Hoffner and her husband Andrew W. Hoffner. Sisters Mary Bridget O'Brien, brothers William James Hanley and his wife Philomena Hanley, Patrick Joseph Hanley, in Ireland. Sister in laws, Helen Murray of Scotland, Catherine M. Murray Szalku, and her husband Alexander Szalku, Peggy and Paul Schaffer of Ocean City NJ. Beloved nieces and nephews: Sharon McIntosh and her husband Vern McIntosh, of Victoria BC, Kathleen and Deidre O'Brien, David O'Brien, John Hanley and Sean Smith of North Carolina, William Hanley, Joe Hanley, and Phillip Hanley of Ireland. Katrina Szalku, Steve Gillian, Melissa and Mario Tridente, Lorraine and Andy Halliday, Frank Brooks of OCNJ, Christine and Alex Klepacki of Glendale AZ, Helen Meehan, Kim Pennie, Thomas and Lesley Murray, Stuart Murray, Kim Robertson, Iain Murray, Jim Murray all of Scotland, along with many great nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at a later time.
Contributions can be made to American Heart Association, www.heart.org; International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, www.ifcj.org; or Shepherds Chapel, www.shepherdschapel.com.