Irma Louise Murray

August 31, 2020


MURRAY, Irma Louise (Smith) Murray, age 94 (Mama, Grandma, GG) passed away peacefully on 8/31/2020 in Tampa, Florida.  Born in Moultrie, Georgia June 10, 1926 to Andrew J. R. and Clora Belle (Swafford) Smith.  She is predeceased by her parents, husband Robert William Murray Sr., sisters, Lillian Platt, Ethel Woolley, Juanita Lopez, Mary Claudia Smith, brother Edward and daughter’s-in-law, Sandra Elaine Murray and Joyce Murray.   At the age of five she moved with her family to Tampa, Florida, where she attended school in Ybor City and Tampa. She worked peddling vegetables with her Father and sister Juanita, until she began to work other jobs.  While waitressing, she met and later married Bob Sr. in 1946.  Bob and Louise have four children, Patricia L. Cook (Clarence) of Ocala, Robert W. Murray (Teddi Aberle) of Tampa, Melissa D. Consagra (James) of Tampa and Melonie F. Hoyt (George) of Tampa, as well as Bob’s previous three children, Robert W. Murray, Jr., Judy Davidson (Bob) and Nancy Wasulko, (Bill).  With her marriage to Bob and the birth of her first child, Patty, Irma was the very best wife, mother, grandmother and great and great great grandmother her family could ever imagine.  Her children will tell you, “You may think you have the best Mama, but we know we do”.  She was an excellent cook, seamstress, guidance counselor, confident, friend to her family and to anyone who met her could hope to have.  She relished in raising her children, going to the beach on Anna Maria Island and traveling.  She and Bob traveled the United States, visiting every state including Alaska, and fortunate enough that they traveled the world, including Australia.  She furthered her world travel with her sister Ethel and always commented that the places she was lucky enough to visit were familiar since she had previously read about them in her beloved books.  As an avid reader she very much enjoyed her murder mysteries, she commented that books always took her all over the world without leaving home.  Irma was always active and involved in some organization or activity, either for herself or her children, she was a member and attended The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Tampa and was a member of the Mother Church in Boston, Mass.  She was a member of the Eastern Star and Amaranth, and after her children were grown, she was a volunteer for over ten (10) years with the The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc., she loved being a volunteer as a “hugger and a rocker” because she was able to love, hug and kiss all the babies and children.   She gave lovingly and generously to her church, the children at Shriners Hospital and the Metropolitan Ministries.  She leaves behind eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and her much loved “adopted” daughter, Suzette Chyle (Javier).  She also leaves extended family including many nieces and nephews.  We ask that you celebrate the grand lady that was Irma Louise (Smith) Murray, do not mourn her departing, but remember all the wonderful, loving things about her, her happiness, her joys, her loving ways, to fill your heart for your lifetime.  We would like to thank Fairway Oaks Skilled Nursing and all those staff members that helped care for her and kept Mama comfortable.  In lieu of flowers, if you would like, you can make a donation in her honor to a charity of your choosing.   

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