Grace Murray

Obituary of Grace Louise Murray

MURRAY (MacLellan), Grace Louise, RN Pictou It is with great sadness that we the family of Grace Murray announce her passing at the Shiretown Nursing Home in Pictou on August 28, 2020 at the age of 95. Grace was born to the late Clifford and Olive (Sutherland) MacLellan, July 1,1925, in Durham N.S. She graduated from New Glasgow High School and continued on to pursue a career in nursing from Moncton Hospital School of Nursing. Gracie’s nursing career led her to work in the operating room of the Moncton Hospital, Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou, and Staff Nurse with the Victorian Order of Nurses, Pictou Branch. Grace is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Don Murray; and her four children, Jan (Greg) MacKinnon of Shad Bay, Gregg (Linda) Murray of Pictou, Joan (Tom) Gouthro of Halifax, and Sharon Murray of Scotsburn. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; her sisters, Betty MacLellan, Eleanor Heighton; and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, John and Lloyd (Genevieve) MacLellan; and brothers-in-law, Bruce Heighton and Bill (Margaret) Murray. As an active member of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou, Grace served on the Ladies Association and the Memorial Fund for 42 years. She was involved in the Cancer Society in its infancy, Canadian Red Cross and volunteered regularly with the local Blood Donor Clinics. Grace served as a board member of Edward Mortimer Place, Pictou and as a member of the Moncton Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, she was the last living member of her graduating class of 1948. Loving mother and wife, Grace dedicated her life to her husband and family. She was a devoted and cherished mother of four children and a gentle and loving presence in the lives of her nine grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Hazel. She spent many happy hours alongside the love of her life, Don, reading a good book, and enjoying family get-togethers. A remarkable cook, she enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially over the holidays. Grace found great joy in following her grandchildren in their different sports and school events. She fondly remembers the joyful and memorable family gatherings at Puppy’s Hotel. Grace lived a beautiful life. She will be remembered for her graciousness and compassionate spirit. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew her and loved her. The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dr. MacLachlan and the staff at Shiretown Nursing Home for their exceptional care and commitment. Cremation has taken place with a graveside service on Wednesday, September 2, at 2PM from Seaview Cemetery with Reverend Shelly Chandler officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou, where you may leave messages of condolence for the family by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, Pictou or a charity of your choice.