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Beatrice M (Sones) Murray

October 12, 1932 ~ January 7, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Beatrice Murray Obituary

Beatrice Mary Sones Murray, 90, of Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township, passed away Saturday 
January 7, 2023, at River View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilkes-Barre with her family by her 
side. Beatrice was born in Hanover Township on October 12, 1932. She was the daughter of the late 
William and Elizabeth Sones.
Beatrice was a graduate of Hanover High School, class of 1950. She married her high school 
sweetheart, Thomas J Murray Jr, and together they shared 67 years of happiness until his passing in 
2018. Beatrice lived her entire life in Hanover Township and was involved in the community, mainly 
with the Lee Park PTA and Wyoming Seminary Day School Parents Association. She was a faithful 
member of the Baptist Tabernacle Church and was involved on many church boards, fundraisers, and 
committees throughout her lifetime.
Together with her husband Tom, they started and ran Thomas J Murray Jr General Contractors for 30 
years, founded Murray Realty & Rentals, and became the proprietors of the Murray's Inn and Complex 
in Wilkes-Barre. Beatrice retired in 2008. She was a friend to all and mentor to many, who always 
offered a helping hand to those in need. Beatrice had the most welcoming smile and made those in 
her presence feel at ease. Of utmost importance, Beatrice’s family was her pride and joy and she 
relished in their accomplishments and the memories that she made with them. Beatrice was a loving 
wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grand mother, and will be sadly missed by her family and 
In addition to her parents, Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband Thomas, brothers Walter 
and William Sones, sister Dorothy Smith, and an infant granddaughter Jennifer Murray. Surviving are 
daughters; Carol Cavanaugh and her husband, Joseph, Mountain Top, Deborah Bokelman and her 
husband, David, Villa Hills, KY, and Janet Murray, Dallas, sons; Donald Murray and his wife, Kathy, 
Dallas, and Thomas J. Murray, Ill and his wife, Tracey, Forty Fort; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two 
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at River View Nursing and 
Rehabilitation Center for their loving and compassionate care given to Beatrice during her stay.
Family and friends may call on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler 
Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 465 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Baptist Tabernacle, 63 Division Street, corner 
of Regent Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA with Pastor Valerie Black officiating. Friends are asked to go directly 
to the church on the day of the funeral.
Interment will be held in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baptist Tabernacle Church, 63 Division Street, 
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706. Condolences can be made at .

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January 12, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral Home

Funeral Service
January 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Baptist Tabernacle
63 Division Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


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