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Kathryn Ann Murray

January 13, 1930 - April 3, 2021

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Kathryn Ann - “Kay” Murray

January 13, 1930 - April 3, 2021

Proud 4th generation , native San Franciscan, Kay died on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Predecease­d by her beloved parents, Kathleen Tierney and Eugene F. Murray, Jr. her siblings Eugene F. Murray III (Esther, dec.), Mary Helseth (Alan, dec.) and dear family friend, Dorothy Sypal. Kay is survived by her loving brother John J. Murray (Maryanne) her nieces and nephews to whom she was the one and only Auntie Kay: Gene Murray (Jeannette), Sue Murray (Cathy), Sarah Nogare (Bob), Peter Murray (Pamela), Mary Kay Muscat, Kate Garcia (Tom), Dennis Murray (Karen), John K. Murray (Fay), Jane Murray (Ann) and Julia Murray as well as a grand-niece and eleven grand-nephews. Kay was born on Utah Street, in the heart of the Mission, attended St. Peter’s, St. Cecilia’s and graduated from Presentati­on High School in the class of 1948. After spending several years at SF State, Kay tackled the corporate world and for the next 50 years worked in human resources where she was constantly dealing with the “glass ceiling”.

She loved her home in the Sunset where she was a faithful member of Holy Name Parish. Kay also spent as much time as possible at her summer home in Healdsburg -”Laff Alot Lodge” on the River where she had her beach friends, her Mountain friends and where her succession of dogs could roam freely. She had a very special following of the young extended family members. Kay kept a freezer stocked with Klondike bars, so her beach was always a stop during a daily swim and she became nicknamed “Klondike Kay”.

Kay loved her family, her Church, the 49ers, the Giants, The De Young Museum/ Legion of Honor where she was a volunteer for many years, her poker group, the theatre, traveling, driving anywhere and everywhere, a good bourbon and soda before dinner and See’s candy. She loved life and she and her infectious laugh will be sorely missed. Donations in Kay’s memory may be made to The St. Vincent de Paul Society of SF - 1175 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 or the charity of your choice. Due to Covid restrictio­ns, a private family service will be held at Holy Cross.

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