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Mary Lou Murray
(February 11, 1934 - July 6, 2012)

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Mary Lou Murray

Mary Lou Murray passed away peacefully at home with her loving husband and family by her side at the age of 78. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a faithful Catholic Church member, a passionate educator, a talented musician, and active in her community. She brought her unique blend of energy, candor and excitement to all of these roles. She was born on February 11, 1934 to the late Louis and Helen Raytis and grew up in Highland Park, Michigan. At the age of nine, Mary Lou performed a solo on the violin with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra over the radio. She graduated with highest honors from Highland Park High School. She graduated from the University of Detroit with a BA degree and earned a Master of Education from Marygrove College. Mary Lou brought 100% dedication to every facet of her life. She was a hard worker, a high achiever, and a motivator who ingrained these principles in her five children. Her emphasis on education extended beyond her role as teacher and part-time administrator with the Detroit Public Schools from which she retired after 26 dedicated years. She taught piano and violin to many students over the years. She was the choir director/parishioner at St. John The Baptist Romanian Church in Detroit for 25 years. Mary Lou was a member of the Focolare Movement since 1966. She was an active parishioner at her current parish, St. John The Baptist Catholic Church of Ypsilanti, MI. She was involved in civic and community activities. She volunteered for the Elderwise Community of Ann Arbor, the Emmanuel House of Ypsilanti and the Ypsilanti Community Choir for ten years. She loved to travel, garden, pursue theological studies and spend time with her family. In her post-retirement years, she developed a personal ministry, reaching out to others through card and letters. For all her accomplishments, her friends and loved ones will remember her most for her faith filled life and her generous spirit that touched and influenced all who knew her especially through her passion for teaching. For those of us fortunate enough to have had her as part of our lives, she will be sorely missed. We are eternally grateful that our lives continue to be enriched by her presence and her common sense messages on how to better ourselves. Mary Lou leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years, Donald J. Murray of the home. Her very much loved children, Margaret(John) Pearson of Oswego, IL., John C.(Sylvia) Murray of Birmingham, MI., Anne M.(Michael) Waters of Springfield, VA., Robert L.( Jaime) Murray of Saline, MI. and sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grand children. She is survived by her cherished sister, Helen (Val) Frizzo of Royal Oak, MI. and dear brothers, Louis Raytis of San Benido, TX and John Raytis of Zanesville, OH. Besides her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her very much loved son, Donald J. Murray. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Emmanuel House, 3341 Hillsdale Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Tel 734-528-9031 . Envelopes will be available at the JANOWIAK FUNERAL HOME where the family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. till time of mass.

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