April 11, 1924 – January 16, 2014
Obituaries » HELEN MURRAY
MURRAY, HELEN FLANDERS, 89, of Williamtown, died January 16 at her home, with her family at her bedside. Born April 11, 1924, in Washington, she was the daughter of Archie and Florence (Cutler) Flanders. She attended elementary school in Washington, and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1942, and the Johnson State Normal School in 1944. From 1943 to 1956, she was an elementary school teacher in Williamstown, South Randolph and Randolph Center, retiring from the Quarry School in Williamstown. In 1968, she began her long career working for her fellow citizens in Williamstown, beginning as secretary to the town manager and later was elected town clerk and treasurer, completing her tenure in 1993. On Aug. 11, 1955, she married George A. Murray and always resided at their current residence. George died June 30, 1992. She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles and was an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan. Helen was a longtime member of the Williamstown Congregational Church, where she had served as auditor, Charity Chapter #57 OES of Williamstown, and the former Crystal Spring Rebekah Lodge #69 of Washington. Survivors include her two daughters: Karen Ford and husband, Brian of South Barre; and Ruth Pepin and husband, John of Williamstown; and three sons: Gordon Murray and wife, Linda, of Williamstown, Bruce Murray and his fiancée, Terrie Salvadore of South Barre; and Robert Murray and wife, Maureen of White River Junction; as well as seven grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother, Lee Flanders and wife, Sally of Graniteville, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, George, and her sister, Hazel Painchand.