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Dorothy J. (Massey) Murray

May 31, 1922 ~ January 23, 2020 (age 97)


Dorothy J. Murray, 97, of Modena Avenue, passed into the arms of angels on Thursday, January 23rd. at Briarcliffe Manor.  She was the wife of the late William J. Murray, they had been married for 59 years. 

Born in Riverside, she was the youngest of nine children of the late George B. Massey and Louise (Papineau) Massey.  

She was an employee of the Outlet Company and the Internal Revenue Service. She and Bill married shortly after his return from serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, and they shared a wonderful life together.  

Dorothy was a 1940 graduate of Hope High School.  She devoted her time fundraising with school activities, bazaars, bake sales, etc. at St. Edward School, Providence, where her 4 children attended.  She loved spending time with her family and her many pets, especially her dogs Jodi, Mitzy and Benji. She spent many summer days at the ocean with her family, and after beach barbecues at her daughter's home in Narragansett.  She was a lover of all animals.  She and Bill enjoyed making Sunday dinner for their four children and grandchildren. 

She was a communicant of St. Augustine Church.  

She was very generous with her donations to the American Cancer Society, St. Joseph Indian School, Providence Animal Rescue League, SPCA and many more. 

Dorothy leaves behind four children; Donna J. Haggerty of Cranston, William J. Murray, Jr. of North Providence, Suzanne M. Hurley of North Providence and Kathleen L. Duchesneau of Warwick, 8 grandchildren; Stephanie, Kristen, Shannon, Caitlin, Jennifer, David, and Christopher. Also 5 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also the grandmother of the late Kimberly J. Peso. She was the sister of the late Stella, Ellen, Louise, William, Clifford, George, Joseph, and Louis.

Funeral Tuesday at 9:00 am from Jones-Walton-Sheridan Funeral Home, 1895 Broad St., at Park Ave., Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Matthew Church, 1299 Elmwood Ave, Cranston.Burial at RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI

Visitation Tuesday Morning from 8:30 - 9:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Providence Animal Rescue League, 34 Elbow St., Providence, RI 02903, would be appreciated. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dorothy J. (Massey) Murray, please visit our floral store.


January 28, 2020

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Jones-Walton-Sheridan Funeral Home
1895 Broad Street
Cranston, RI 02905

Mass of Christian Burial
January 28, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Matthew Church
Corner of Elmwood and Park Avenues
Cranston, RI 02910

January 28, 2020

11:30 AM
Rhode Island Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
301 S. County Trail
Exeter, RI 02822


Providence Animal Rescue League
34 Elbow Street, Providence RI 02903
Tel: 1-401-421-1399

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