Bonnie Ruth Murray
On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Bonnie Ruth Murray of Gran-bury was received in the arms of her Lord and Savior.
Celebration of Life: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Bridge St., Granbury.
Bonnie was born in Eastland County on November 21, 1918 to C. Aubrey Driver and Iva Stockton Driver and grew up on a small farm there, or as she would refer to it, “a grass burr patch.”
It was there she developed the hard work and charitable ethic that would follow her throughout her life.
Bonnie married the love of her life, Leon L. Murray on April 25, 1936. She along with Leon, her husband of 63 years, lived the long productive life we all wish for ourselves.
As a disciple, we are taught that if we meet a person without shoes, we should give them ours, if it’s cold give them our coat, etc. She lived this everyday of her life.
While she worked at lots of different jobs, her real love was sewing and alteration work for people. Wherever she lived, she quickly became the “go to” person there. She especially liked to find young girls/ladies who for physical size or financial reasons couldn’t find clothes that fit them properly or the current styles in their size. She would invite them to her home and alter their clothes and in many, many cases make them new ones.
Over the years, she made hundreds of free prom dresses for needy kids, made wedding dresses, altered cheer-leading/band/choir uniforms to fit, etc. Needless to say she left a long legacy of doing this for two and three generations of the same families.
She and her husband, Leon, always had very large gardens. The gardens would produce enough food to literally feed dozens of families. They would welcome anyone to come and pick anything they need out of the garden. If you weren’t physically able to pick your own, they would harvest it and take it to them. They always had three or more freezers full of food that was available throughout the year for whomever needed food to come by.
Their home was near the interstate highway and there was always one of the hundreds of friends they had made over the years, stopping by to share a “hug” an eat some of her “country cooking”.
After many years of trying , the family was able to convince her to move to Gran-bury, where her two sons, Harley and Bob lived. She was very concerned she wouldn’t be able to get enough customers to maintain her sewing business. Needless to say she quickly was covered up with customers and dozens of new friends.
While some may see her life as having a lot of hardships, she never viewed it that way. If she ever had an extra dollar she used it to buy some material to make a dress to give to someone or buy things for the garden, so she had food to share.
If wealth was measured in terms of good deeds done for other people and numbers of friends and family that loved her, she left this life a very wealthy person.
Bonnie and Leon’s family includes Sons: Harley Murray (wife, Louise), Aubrey Murray (wife, Wilma Lynn) and Bobby (Bob) Murray (wife, Cheryl)
Grandsons: Ron Murray Reese (wife, Leslie) and Robert Murray (wife, Jana).
Great-Grandsons: Jeff Davenport, Trevor Reese, Jared Purdy, Dylan Owens (wife, Emily), Chase Riley (wife Jenny), and Adam Riley (wife, Alli).
Great-Great-Grandsons: Sawyer Burkman, Logan Aubrey Davenport, Colton Smith, Jack Riley, Carson Smith and Everett Chase (Rhett) Riley
Granddaughters: Audrie Murray Riley (husband, Terry); Tracie Murray Purdy, Sydnie Murray Hodge (husband, Jeff); Robbin Murray Franklin Johnston (husband, Harris) and Sharon Murray Owens.
Great-Granddaughters: Shelbi Beckettt (husband, Ronnie) Amber Reese, Megan Murray, Brittney Purdy Smith (husband, Cory), Shannon Franklin, Kelsey Franklin and Rhiannon Orbe.
Great-Great-Granddaughters: Lorelai Moore and Brooklyn Rust
And many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
She was preceded in death by Father: C. Aubrey Driver; Mother: Iva S. Driver; Husband: Leon L. Murray; Brothers: C. A. Driver and D. M. Driver (wife, Esther); Sisters: Oleta Mansell (husband, Leon) and Louella Tucker (husbands, Neal & T.Q.); Son: Aubrey Murray.