Evelyn Murray, 98, a former Labor Department official, died May 5 at the Washington Home after a stroke. She was a Washington resident.
Miss Murray, who had worked 20 years for the New York State Employment Service, came to Washington in 1949, following Frances Perkins, the first female Cabinet officer, to work for the Department of Labor.
Miss Murray ran workshops and conferences across the nation, including the 1960 White House Conference on Youth and Children. She wrote handbooks, training manuals and articles for professional journals.
In 1956, she was put in charge of Employment Services for Youth, and in 1964 she became chief of the Youth Services branch. From 1968 to 1975, she was supervisory employment services advisor at Labor's Manpower Administration. She retired in 1975.
She was an officer of the Interdepartmental Committee on Children and Youth, the National Vocational Guidance Association, the American Association of University Women, United Cerebral Palsy, the D.C. Commission on the Status of Women, the League of Women Voters and the National Woman's Democratic Club.
Miss Murray, a native of Jackson, Mich., began traveling the world at age 16, when she toured Italy with several other girls. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in vocational guidance from Columbia University in 1931.
She was a member of the local Archaeology Society. Her photography became regular entertainment at the Senior Center of the Florida Avenue Friends Meeting, of which she was a member.
Miss Murray founded the Banshees, a group that studied Irish literature and read Irish stage drama over several decades. Her collection of Irish literature is now at Georgetown University. Her art collection included a Diego Rivera painting completed when the artist was in Moscow. Her annual "White Elephant" Christmas parties drew 100 academics, government officials and friends to her five-story Georgetown home, a veritable museum of books, arts and souvenirs from her world travels, a cousin said.
Her husband of nine years, Harold May, died in 1939.
She had no immediate survivors.