On the evening of Friday, March 15, 2019, Mary Murray passed away while resting at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the age of 89.
Mary was born in Long Prairie, Minnesota on February 16, 1931, to Ellen and Michael Karras. At an early age her family moved to Miami, Florida, and where she graduate from Miami Senior High School. As a young adult Mary was a home maker and mother. Later in life she moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she worked as an actress and managed the gift shop at The Great Passion Play. She married the late Allen Murray in March 2002.
Mary had an infectious laugh and naturally drew people toward her. Mary was extremely generous, and her home was always the place her family sought out as they went through life transitions. There, they were always welcome with the most open of arms.
A magnificent cook and natural host, Mary easily fed large crowds with a wide array of international foods from her extensive recipe collection. Holidays, watch parties or just gatherings of friends and family found Mary’s house full of laughter, hugs and great food.
A prolific reader with a sharp memory, Mary consumed a large volume of books and fully completed crossword puzzle books on a weekly basis.
Mary is remembered by her family for her bold passion for life, beautiful black hair, the best grilled cheeses, chicken and dumplings, perfect rice without measuring, amazing salads, fully enveloping hugs, consistency in sending birthday and Christmas cards, great penmanship and feeding her family until they couldn’t move.
Mary accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1975 and passionately led many souls to Christ. Her testimony was always based in a desire for a person to have eternal life, not to condemn their lifestyle or personal choices. Mary truly loved all people.
Mary is preceded in death by her father Michael, her mother Ellen, sisters Joyce and Athena (Tony), daughter Ellen and husband Allen. She is survived by her brother Constantine (Bill) Karras and his wife Diane, son Rene Dibut Jr. and his wife Debbie, daughters Deborah Haven and her husband Randy and JoAnn Kilgore and her husband Shane and daughter Crystal Eaves, grandchildren Julie, Jeremiah and Jessica Ruiz and her husband DJ, Karl Haven and his wife Alyce, Kenny Haven and his wife Mary Jane, and Anthony Capo and his wife Stacy, great-grandchildren Bianca Ruiz, Carson and Canon Capo, Ted, Nathanial, Rhiannon, Jarred and Kara Haven.