|On December 24,1935, the Lord consummated a union between Rev. Robert S. Murray and Mrs. Lizzie G. Murray. To this unification God blessed them with a daughter named Barbara that became the star of their life together.
Sister Murray was extremely supportive of her husband’s ministry. His ministry was undergirded by her participation: A former member of a circle of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, soloist at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Perryville, Louisiana; as a very dedicated choir member of St. James United Methodist Church, Monroe. Additionally, she was an active member of the Monroe District Parsonettes until ill health dictated otherwise. Rev. Murray’s forty-plus years of Christian ministry were blessed through her Christ-like spirit prior to and beyond retirement.
Mrs. Murray centered her life around Barbara. She and Rev. Murray possessed a feeling that Barbara was their gift that God gave to them to give to the world through music. Numerous Monroe residents still state today, “If ever there was a lady who is the epitome of Motherhood, it was Lizzie G. Murray. She lived and gave her total life to Barbara.” Today their vision of Bar-bara contributing to the Church Music World is witnessed nearly every Sunday through the spiritually, uplifting, melodious singing to God by Bethany’s Sanctuary Choir. On May 12, 1988, Mrs. Murray also united with Bethany Church.
Mrs. Murray’s impeccable Christian dedication can best be expressed through excerpts from her great Mount Nebo United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School Leader’s message: Christ has no hands, but our hands to do His work today. He has no feet, but our feet to lead our children in His way. He has no tongue, but our tongue to tell our children how He died. Parents are the greatest teachers whether they profess to be or not... The greatest challenge that confronts us today is our young people. They are our most precious possession... We must save them and train them for the great work for which they are destined...”
The glorious earthly life of Mrs. Murray was celebrated on Monday, June 6, 1988 at Bethany Church, New Orleans. Officiating Ministers were: Rev. Alonzo J. Campbell; Rev. Robert S. Hall; and Brother Percell Church, Jr. Certainly God smiled that day as Barbara served as main organist for the Service of Celebration. The congregation praised God for Mrs. Murray’s eighty-plus beautiful years of life from June 1, 1907 through June 4, 1988. On Tuesday, June 7, 1988, Barbara did likewise in Monroe's Miller Funeral Home Chapel for the Dismissal Service. The Bethany Sanctuary Choir lifted up their voices in song during both services in New Orleans and Monroe.
May God continue to bless and keep her vision alive.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1989, p.186 By Alonzo J. Campbell|