Cynthia Murray

Obituary of Cynthia Jean Murray

Cynthia Jean Murray, 91 of Ocala, Florida, passed away on January 8, 2021, following Renal Failure complications. The memorial service will be held at 2:00pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida on January 16, 2021. To virtually attend the memorial service, please follow this link:

Cynthia was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on August 22, 1929, and migrated to North America in 1964.  God blessed her with many talents. She enjoyed working with people for many causes. Cynthia was an AARP and Red Cross volunteer. She loved learning and loved life and always lived life "her way." She enjoyed traveling and learning new skills like tennis, painting, and ceramics. Her love for music got her involved at an early age in the theater performing in plays. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She was a member of La Petite Musical when she lived in Canada. She found her inner peace just sitting and watching the ocean while reading a book. She took pride in developing her intellectual awareness and amassed an extensive book collection. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grands.

Her beauty was not only inward as she was once crowned "Miss Fine Brown Frame." She was a hardworking single mother and held many jobs to support her children. Her various positions spanned from a nursing career to working with Canada's prime minister, Pierre E. Trudeau.  Coworkers will fondly remember her at McGill University, Montreal, and Rockefeller University, New York City.

She was the mother of three: two daughters Jackie McLear (Andrew) and Joanne Murray-Mahan (Johnnie), and a son Michael (deceased) (Isleen). Cynthia is also survived by her brothers Melvin Lewis (Estree), Selwyn Murray (Claudette), and sisters Stephanie Hinkson (Hector) and Melvina Phillips. She left behind ten beautiful grandchildren – Andrew J. McLear (Jennifer), William Charles, Caleb Charles, Joshua Mahan, Naomi Lofton, Jackie Gardner, Justina Gardner, Rachel Guilfoyle-Kenny (Robert), Natasha McLear-Ahlstrom (Henrik), and Kimberly Young-McLear (Gale). She also had sixteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is lovingly remembered by her family and friends Marcia Pitter, Pearl Celestine, Valerie Osborne, Joan Lewis, the caregivers at Prestige Manor III ALF, and the facility’s Director, Carol Dillon-Smith.

Cynthia did not want to pass alone, and the Lord answered her prayer. Due to Covid-19, in-person visitation was restricted. However, her granddaughter, Kim, made a digital photo frame filled with family memories, which Cynthia enjoyed watching as it played constantly at her bedside. She transitioned peacefully in her sleep under the care of a compassionate nursing staff who prayed over her.  Cynthia yielded to God's will and is now at rest in the company of Saints in heaven. She is among the family - her father, Llewelyn, her mother Violet, her son Michael and her brothers Llewelyn, Lennox, and Clyde.  Most of all - she is with Jesus, who prepared a place for her in His kingdom.  We mourn Cynthia's passing, but we also celebrate her life.

Father, we pray that you heal our wounded hearts with your healing touch. Teach us not to mourn as those without hope, but to see beyond death and the grave – to the resurrection and the eternal life assured by Jesus' victory over death.  Grant us the peace to love less material things - and to love more spiritual and eternal things.  Teach us to number our days and apply our hearts to the wisdom of Jesus Christ - that He is the Way and the Truth and the Life - and no one comes to you but by Him. Father, we are thankful that you blessed us with Cynthia as we are her greatest legacy.

Grant us your peace, in Jesus' name. Until we meet again in paradise - We love you, Cynthia!


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