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Judith Ann Haws Murray, age 76, a long time Roosevelt resident, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Judy was born August 8, 1945 to Ervin Lavon and Julia Clawson Haws in Richland, Washington. She grew up in a loving home with an older brother and two older sisters, in a close-knit neighborhood where she made many life-long friends. She was educated in Richland public schools and graduated from Richland High School.
Judy studied nursing at Weber State University and this became her life-long vocation. She specialized as a neo-natal intensive care nurse and affectionately assisted numerous infants who were born premature or with other health challenges through the initial months of their lives. One of her greatest joys was seeing these little ones successfully discharged from the hospital into lives of hope and promise. Judy moved to Roosevelt in the late 1970’s and continued her nursing career at Duchesne County Hospital.
Judy married Gerald Robert Murray in the Salt Lake Temple on December 29, 1981. Judy and Jerry lived in Roosevelt throughout their married life. Judy was a kind and conscientious neighbor and friend who strived diligently to ensure that her neighbors felt loved and cared for.
Judy and Jerry were foster parents for Jake Arrats who lived in their home intermittently over the course of more than a decade. They considered him a son, although they were never able to make that a legal reality. Jerry also had three sons from a previous marriage, Craig, Eric and Jon, all living in California who Judy loved.
Judy was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was active in her ward as long as her health permitted. She served for years in the Primary and Scouting organizations, guiding a generation of young cub-scouts to successful starts in scouting. She was a faithful and dedicated visiting teacher and served in the Relief Society in her ward as compassionate service leader and enrichment leader at various times. She also served with Jerry as stake missionaries and as Vernal Temple ordinance workers.
Judy was an avid family historian and served as a leader in the local chapter of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was a talented craftswoman and made beautiful things with her hands. She participated with several of her closest friends in a sewing circle where they learned from each other and refined their techniques while enjoying each other’s company. Judy loved music and shared that love with local children as a music teacher in local elementary schools and through piano lessons.
Jerry passed away suddenly August 17, 2014 about the time Judy’s health began to decline. During the latter years of her life, she was kindly and ably cared for by the staff at the Villa. Naturally, she preferred to be well and able to care for herself, but was grateful to the Villa staff for their compassionate and constant care.
She is survived by a sister, Shirley Haws Pohlsander of Marshall, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Robert Murray, her parents Ervin and
Julia Haws, a brother Ervin Lavon “Von” Haws Jr. and a sister, Nancy Haws Davis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Roosevelt East Stake Center. A viewing will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.