Name:  Donna Murray , 81
Died:  September 29, 2006, in Grand Village Nursing Home, Grand Rapids, MN
Donna "Mohs" Murray, age 81 of International Falls, Mn. died on Friday, September 29, 2006 at the Grand Village Nursing Home, Grand Rapids, Mn. surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was born on October 18, 1924 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Nick and Aloysia Mohs. She moved to International Falls around 1944, this is where she met and married Jack Murray in 1946.

Donna was active volunteering at many places around Int'l Falls, which included the Life Care Center, MCCL, St. Thomas Catholic Church where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters – Reginent, and one of the founders of Perpetual Adoration at St. Thomas Aquanis Parrish –she dedicated her life to that mission, and also taught religious education, sang in the choir, was an Eucharistic Minister, volunteered her time at St. Thomas Bingo, and she was a Cub Scout Leader, and Foster Parent.

She had many hobbies, including cards, bowling, watching the Vikings and golf, however, her greatest joy was "playing" with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Michael Murray, daughter, Mary Margaret Murray, grandson, Tyler Murray, her parents, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Murray of International Falls, children, Patty Murray Christensen of Grand Rapids, Mn., Daughter-in-law, Joan (Tom) Murray, Jim (Linda) Murray of San Dimes, CA., John (Bev) Murray of Thornton, CO., Terry Murray of Int'l Falls, MN., Ron Murray of Staples, MN., Catherine Murray of Victoria, MN., and David (Rayetta) Murray of Osseo, MN., as well as extended family, Lavonne Murray and "Buzz" Christensen.

She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sisters, Katie (Dick) Tonnell, Rose (Oddell) Ratliff, Phyllis Schmidtbauer, Eileen (Don) Truzinski, brother, John, and sister-in-law, Veda Mohs.

Her life was devoted to her family and the Lord. She loved everyone she met, she truly followed the beatitudes. The Rosary was a daily part of her life. She was a true vision of what God wants us to be. Her favorite phrase "Praise the Lord" was truly what her life was all about.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at Green-Larsen Mortuary from 5-7:00 pm with the Holy Rosary beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 11:00 am at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Memorials would be preferred in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Association, 4550 West 77th Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55435

Remembrances of Mom

Name: Rhonda Lombas
Location: Thibodaux, LA 70301
Relation: friend and coworker of Tara, employee of Joan
Tribute: I pray that in this time you will feel God's warmth upon your hearts and his strength as you walk through this trying time. I know that in time you will laugh and smile again because you will be able to focus on how lucky she is to be with our father. My heart and prayers go out to you, Tara and Joan.


Name: Gretchen Johnson
Location: Moneta, VA 24121
Relation: Neice (Ralph's Daughter)
Tribute: I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Donna's passing. Wish I could have seen and talked to her one more time. It was always so good to see her, Jack and the rest of the family. You all are the best. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Take care and all my love.


Name: Nancy Laiche
Location: Lutcher, LA
Relation: friend of granddaughter, Tara
Tribute: I am so glad you had the opportunity to be with your grandmother. My sympathies to you and your family. Take care and as always, you are in my prayer.


Name: Sue Rheingans and Marty Lavelle
Location: Minneapolis, MN 55417
Relation: Friends of Carrie and Chad Yeager
Tribute: Our condolences to you and all of your family on the loss of your beloved grandmother.


Name: Kebira Murray
Location: Thornton, CO 80241
Relation: Grandaughter
Tribute: Grandma,

Every visit I made to Int'l Falls, I was always excited to see you! Everytime I was there you always managed to make us all smile with your beautiful smile. I will always remember when you pulled me aside while playing with my cousins, you said to me, "Kebira, I am just so glad that you came into our family." Those words that you said made feel so special that I was part of the Murray family and that you were my grandma. You were never caring about yourself, your mind was always on the caring of others. And if you were busy doing something and we asked you to come play with us, you always did no matter how busy you were. Your dream was to go to the Lord when the time came, and you have fufilled that dream! You were the role model that God wanted us to be. You are just like Mother Teresa. I love you always and forever!


Kebira (Grand Daughter)


Name: dwayne krawczyk
Relation: friend
Tribute: "Only in God is my soul at rest;from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all." (Ps 62:2-3)


Name: Robin LaBranche
Location: Paulina, LA 70763
Relation: Friend of granddaughter Tara Holley and employee of SJPH
Tribute: I have only had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Murray a time or two, but to listen to Tara speak of her, I feel I know her. She was loved and will be missed but remember memories are forever..hold them dear to your heart and also share them with all. My heart and prayers are with the family. Esp. Tara and Joan. Stay Strong..Lean on Loved Ones and Believe God will heal.


Name: Patrice O'Brien
Location: Herman, MN 56248
Relation: friend
Tribute: Dear Jack and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. I hope you all will cherish the many fond memories,as I have a few of my own!!Donna was a fantastic woman with millions of great qualitys! Your a lucky family to have had such a wonderful mom (wife) in your lives!!God bless you all.


Name: Bev Murray
Location: Thornton, CO 80241
Relation: Favorite Daughter-In-Law (Married to John)
Tribute: Many daughters grow up without a mother; fortunately, I had two wonderful mothers up until now.
Thank God my mother-in-law was not like "Marie" on "Everybody Loves Raymond"....instead, you were Mother Theresa II.

A wonderful wife, mother, perfect mother-in-law, and wonderful grandma; everyone looked forward to visiting you all the way to the end!!

I quote some of Mother Theresa's sayings; these sayings truly remind me of you:

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much."

"If you judge people,
you have no time to love them."

"Life is an opportunity, avail it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is a wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is my story, know it. (Thank you to Carrie for the interview and sharing all the important details of your life!)
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, brace it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is life, save it!
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious,
do not destroy it."

Kebira and I were not there the day you will go to heaven; but we know you will always look down upon us!

We will love you always!!!!!



Name: Mary Lucachick
Location: Boise, ID 83712
Relation: Donna and Jack's Goddaughter
Tribute: Dear Jack and Family:
Even though Donna had so many of her own to care for, she always made me feel very special, and I loved her dearly for it. She kept Rose alive for me after she'd passed away, and I know that Donna loved my Mother. Donna was my touchstone. I can still smell her perfume. Praise the Lord, a beautiful lady has gone home.


Name: Mary Mohs Levilain
Location: Coweta, OK 74429
Relation: Niece (daughter of Bob Mohs)
Tribute: Aunt Donna was the best - always friendly, always open to talking and listening, always with an encouraging word. It is fitting that her final Mass is on the feast of St. Francis, for she truly was a channel of His peace, sowing faith, love, light and joy. I will miss her.


Name: Mickey Caruso
Location: Walker, LA 70785
Relation: friend
Tribute: Jack, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. The Robinsons will truly miss that special lady who had become a part of our family.



Name: Kim B. Scharwath
Location: Lutcher, LA 70071
Relation: Employee at SJPH
Tribute: My sincere sympathy to all Murray family, esp. Joan, Tara and Dustin. May God keep you and bless you all!


Name: Rochelle Jacob
Location: Gramercy, LA 70052
Relation: Employee @ SJPH
Tribute: My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
May God bless you all!


Name: Warren Arboneaux
Relation: Employee at SJPH
Tribute: Our prayers are with you and your extended family in this time of grief.


Name: Linda and Donald Lucachick
Location: Aurora, MN 55705
Relation: Friends of family
Tribute: Dear Jack and Family,
Sorry to hear Donna died but rejoice in the fact she is face to face with the Lord she loved so dearly. She was such a good example of true Christian love. She showed this love not just by words but by actions. She will be missed.


Location: PAULINA, LA 70763


Name: Lorna Reyes Wiltse
Location: Martinez, GA 30907
Relation: Joshua J. Murray's mother
Tribute: Donna's vibrancy, faith, generosity and humor will always be remembered.


Name: Jana Haffner (Mohs)
Location: Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Relation: Ralph Mohs' Granddaughter
Tribute: Sorry for your loss. Only wish we'd had more family reunions to know her a little better she sounded like a great lady. Condolences also from my parents Robert & Frankie Mohs and the rest of our family.


Name: Michael D. Gary, Sr.
Location: Paulina, LA 70763
Relation: Friend of Granddaughter Tara Murray
I Want You to Know

A brief moment of darkness was all that I knew, before Heaven's gate came into my view.
Loved ones and friends I had missed for many years, welcomed me with open arms and many happy tears.
All the hurt, fear and pain that I have ever known, is gone from my life, I am finally home.
I gazed upon the Lord's sweet smiling face, and for the first time in my life I knew and felt His Grace.
I know that you miss me, but please dry your eyes. I will be watching and loving you from my home in the sky.
A cool breeze on your face, a touch of light rain, I will send as a reminder that we will be reunited again.
Life on earth is but one brief moment in time, I am finally home and Eternity is mine.

My wish for you all is to find peace and comfort at this trying time.


Name: Susan Lucachick Cooper
Location: Forest Grove, OR
Relation: close family ties
Tribute: Donna and Jack were married the exact same day, same year as my mom and dad. The two couples, and then two families, were good friends. Donna was my kid sister´s godmother. We always loved spending time with the Murrays. God bless and watch over you, Jack. From all the Lucachicks


Name: Gary McManus
Location: Salem, CT 6420
Relation: Nephew
Tribute: Thank you for your love,your kindness and for showing us by your example that the love of God and the love of life are not contradictions!


Name: Kristi Vicknair
Location: Paulina, LA 70763
Relation: Friend of her granddaughter Tara Murray
Tribute: I had the great pleasure of meeting her. She was a true joy to be around. So full of life and happiness. She will be greatly missed by all.


Name: Ed Mohs
Location: Stafford, VA 22554
Relation: Nephew (Son of Bob Mohs)
Tribute: Aunt Donna always had time for everyone. Her smile and easy laughter made it a joy to be around her. I'll miss you.