Marie Elizabeth Pope Murr was born to James C. and Stella Ballew Pope January 12, 1914 in Lindsay, California. She passed from this life on December 24, 2008 at the age of 94, just 20 days short of her 95th birthday.
After a short time in California the Pope family returned to their Ozark roots. Marie had a large extended family in the Ava/Mansfield, Missouri, area and spent her early years surrounded by her 50 first cousins.
Marie’s father was a Baptist minister and the family followed his calling to several different churches in Missouri. Marie accepted Christ as her Savior in August of 1927 at a tent revival in Cosby, Missouri. She was baptized by her father in the Platte River.
The family lived in the Mountain Grove, Missouri, area when Marie met Verl Fletcher Murr at the Baptist Young Peoples Union “BYPU.” They were married on June 26, 1938. Verl and Marie had three children, James Roy, Joe Rex, and Elizabeth Jeanne.
Verl and Marie owned and operated Murr Rexall Drug on Main Street in Cabool, Missouri, from 1945 until Verl’s retirement in 1977. The Murr family took an active part in the community activities including the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and school activities. Marie enjoyed staying home with her children and was a very devoted wife and mother.
Regular church attendance was always been a priority to Marie. She began teaching at Cabool First Baptist Church when her children were in the nursery and taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school and mission study for the next 44 years. She kept the church history scrapbooks and served as the financial secretary for many years. Marie was a talented musician and served as church pianist and a member of the choir. She later moved her membership to Cabool Second Baptist Church and attended faithfully as long as health permitted.
In later years Marie enjoyed playing piano, scrapbooking, and genealogy. Recording history was important to her. In 1998 she completed her autobiography titled “My Journey.” This book will serve as an important record of family history and show the generations to follow a glimpse of life in the depression era.
Marie also enjoyed corresponding with many of her friends and family. She spent many hours handwriting detailed letters and personal notes which were always a joy to the recipients.
Marie was not afraid of a challenge. At the age of 71 she bought her own car and got her driver’s license for the first time in her life.
After 45 years of marriage, Verl preceded her in death in 1983. Also preceding her in death were her sons, James R. Murr and Joe R. Murr.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Dixon and husband Jim; her daughters-in-law, Elaine Murr and Debra Murr; her grandchildren, Mason Murr, Stuart Murr, Carrie Kice, Lisa Howe, Carrie Ford, Laura Daugherty, Casey Dixon, Emily Wand, and Ryan Murr; and her great-grandchildren, Joshua Kice, Jillian Kice, Bryce Ford, Jane Murr, Avery Ford, and Brady Murr with three more to be born in 2009.
Marie was blessed with a full and happy life. She saw many changes in her 94 years, but was always gracious and kind to everyone she met. She will be missed.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2008, at Cabool Second Baptist Church with Bro. David Purichia officiating. Pallbearers were Mason Murr, Stuart Murr, Casey Dixon, Ryan Murr, Rod Howe, Eric Ford, Rob Daughtery, Tim Kice and Stuart Wand. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mtn. Grove, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cabool Second Baptist Church building fund. Those contributions may be sent to the church at P.O. Box 758, Cabool, MO 65689 or to the funeral home, P.O. Box 708, Cabool, MO 65689.