Verna H. Murray
church member, volunteer

Verna H. Murray, 95, a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington County for nearly nine decades, died Oct. 13 at the Jefferson, a retirement community in Arlington.

She had cardiopulmonary failure, said her daughter, Rebecca Burns.

Mrs. Murray was a volunteer at her church’s food pantry and distributed Communion at local nursing homes. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Verna Minnie Hey was born in Arlington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1935. In the 1960s and early ’70s, she worked in the Washington area as a sales associate at Lord & Taylor and a check processor at the National Savings and Trust Co.

Mrs. Murray was a past president of the Opti-Mrs. Club of Arlington, an affiliate of the Optimist Club. She belonged to the Arlington Historical Society and the Arlington Committee of 100, a public affairs group.

Her husband of 70 years, H. Paul Murray, died in 2008. Her son, the Rev. Paul Edward Murray, a Catholic priest, died in 2009.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca Burns of Alexandria; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

— Emily Langer