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Marilyn Hildreth Murray

July 30, 1935 August 11, 2018
Marilyn Hildreth Murray
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Marilyn Hildreth Murray, 83, of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away peacefully on Aug. 11, 2018, with her family at her side after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Marilyn was born in Wilmington, DE, and graduated from Newark (DE) High School. She attended Duke University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion. While there, she belonged to Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was awarded membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. While at Duke, she met the love of her life, John Murray, a Navy ROTC student majoring in Engineering. They married in 1958 after graduation, and, on the advice of a taxi driver, they settled in Oak Ridge with their first daughter, and, over the next several years, three more children were born and raised here.
Marilyn was very involved in volunteer work in the Oak Ridge area. She worked for Clinch River Health, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Leadership, Committee of 50, SCORE, United Way, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Professionally, she worked with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Lockwood Greene Technologies, Jacobs Engineering, and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).
She was devoted to her church, United Church Chapel on the Hill, teaching Sunday School for 20 years and participating on the Board. Her Women's Circle fellowship group was dear to her heart.
She loved travel, spending time in the water on her boat, and cooking for family and church gatherings.
Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, John A Murray, Jr., and children Kathy Gildea (David) of Auburn, WA; Sandra Spingler (Don) of New Bern, NC; Mary Murray of Oak Ridge, TN; and Buddy Murray (Tammy) of Athens, TN. She is also survived by grandchildren Jessica Tinnel, Nathan Cleaves, Jada Leonard, Megan Murray, Rachel Murray, Lily Murray, Carla Patton, Candice Varela, and Cody Robinson. Other relatives include her brothers John Hildreth (Joyce) of Florida and Steve Hildreth (Sylvia) of Pennsylvania, as well as treasured cousin Richard Lowe (Gloria) of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. and Genevieve Hildreth, and granddaughter, Faith Cleaves.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2pm at the United Church Chapel on the Hill with Dr. Randy Hammer officiating. A reception will follow immediately in the church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials can be sent to her church, United Church Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Weatherford Mortuary. An online guest book can be signed at

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 8/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
United Church Chapel-On-the-Hill

85 Kentucky Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

A reception in the church Fellowship Hall will immediately follow.

United Church Chapel-On-the-Hill
85 Kentucky Avenue Oak Ridge 37830 Tennessee
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United Church Chapel-On-the-Hill

85 Kentucky Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

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