Jane A. McMurray, 83, passed away June 4, 2019

Jane A. McMurray, 83, of St. Joseph, went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 11AM, at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Dan Colthorp officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon, MI. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 5pm until 7pm at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph First United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Jane was born on December 20, 1935, to Clayton & Martha (Duguid) Straw on the family farm near Reading, MI. She graduated from Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education. She taught for the River Valley School System for over 17 years. On July 12, 1958, Jane married the love of her life Morris McMurray. Jane was a member of St. Joseph First United Methodist Church where she was involved in the Monday night bible study and other adult activities and was the former Sunday school teacher. She had a deep faith in God that was handed down to her children and grandchildren.

Throughout life Jane had a taste for adventure and travel that she shared with Morris; flying to Ireland for their 25th wedding anniversary. Upon retirement, Jane and Morris traveled throughout the States, Canada, Hawaii and Alaska.

Jane is survived by her husband, Morris McMurray of St. Joseph; children, Martha (Patrick) McCrevan of St. Joseph and Patrick McMurray of Lake Worth, FL; grandchildren, Leah Doyle, Christin Toney, Olivia McCrevan, and Isaiah McCrevan; great-grandchildren, Anidale, Brendan and Giovanni; and sisters, Dorothy Wade and Ruthe McNee.

Honoring Jane’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton & Martha Straw and seven brothers and sisters. 

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