Cynthia A. Murray, 63, died at her home in Lawrence on August 3, 2012. She was born on July 2, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Hal A. Burnett, M.D. and Elizabeth Klinglesmith Burnett. Her father was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded two purple hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak leaf Cluster. He practiced medicine in Parsons, Kansas until his death from cancer in 1966. Her mother, Elizabeth Burnett Whitt, is a resident of Brandon Woods in Lawrence.
Cindy was graduated from Parsons High School in 1967. She was thereafter graduated from the University of Kansas in 1971, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During her senior year at KU, she studied at the University of Exeter, England, on a Rotary Scholarship. She was thereafter graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1975, among the top three students in her class.
She married Thomas V. Murray on June 2, 1971. He survives of the home.
She is also survived by her children, Anne C. Emert and son-in-law Mark T. Emert, both of Lawrence, and Thomas V. Murray, Jr. and daughter-in-law Lisa R. Murray of Santa Monica, California, and her grandchild, Samuel Thomas Emert of Lawrence.
She is also survived by her mother and her two sisters, Barbara Allen Kurzinski and spouse Cass Kurzinski, of Choctaw, Arkansas, and Mallory Burnett of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was predeceased by her youngest sister, Haydn Burnett McCulley Smith.
She served as a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the Twentieth Century Club, the Lawrence Country Club, the River Club and multiple book clubs, and served on the Kappa Kappa Gamma House Board and was active the Lawrence chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae. She was a member of the American Nursing Association and the Kansas State Nursing Association. She served on the Lawrence Dental Board, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of DCCCA, of which she served as President from 2009 until the time of her death.
Cindy was one of the first teachers of Prepared Childbirth in Lawrence. She served as an obstetrical nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from 1976 until 1986, and served as school nurse at Lawrence High School from 1989 until her retirement in 2009. She volunteered for many organizations, including Just Food, Health Care Access, and the LINK Kitchen. She also continued to substitute as a school nurse with the Lawrence School District until the time of her death.
Cindy was known for her sincere willingness to help others, her generosity of spirit, and her loving personality.
Memorial Services will be held on August 9, 2012, at 2 o’clock p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, the Lawrence Schools Foundation, and the Family Conservancy of Kansas City, Missouri, which may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
We are overwhelmed with this sad news. Cindy has had a profound influence on all three of our children, and for several years, she and Tom were delightful neighbors. Her generous spirit and her loving touch made a difference to so, so many students. Thank you, Tom, for all that you and Cindy have been, and are to our entire family. This is so very, very sad. You are in our hearts.
Oh dear. What a sad and way too early in her life loss. My deepest sympathy to Cindy’s family. She was a kind, lovely spirit whom I shall miss from our midst.
CINDYS’ CAN -DO ATTITUDE, WILLINGNESS TO HELP, AND GREAT SMILE AND LAUGH WILL BE FOREVER MISSED!
I PICTURE HER BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT BLUES, FIREY REDS AND FABULOUS YELLOW OUTFITS COMING INTO THE KAPPA MEETINGS AND ADDING ZIP AND PAZAZZ TO OUR LIVES.
YOU STAR IS IN HEAVEN!L&L JUDY KISH
Cindy affected so many students at Lawrence High in a positive way through her willingness to teach them about taking responsibility for their actions and supporting them in every way she could. It was an honor to work with someone of her character and knowledge. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her wonderful family,who she loved so much and who were a never-ending source of pride and joy to her.
Cindy always made me smile…no more like laugh out loud. She had a quick wit and usually told it like it was. I feel so blessed to have shared my Kappa House days with such a wonderful, compassionate friend. In these last few years it has been so fun to reconnect on the Kappa House Board. Cindy will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Her loving spirit will be remembered by all of us who loved her.
Cindy’s witty comments, delivered with her Southern/ Parson’s drawl, always added laughter and discussion to gatherings! Cindy displayed a generous helpful spirit,great intelligence, grace and good common sense. Our very deepest sympathy to you, Tom, Anne and Tom Jr. L&L, Cyndy and Pat
I did not know Cindy well, in fact, I did not really know her at all. But I wanted you to know that after only one brush with her I never forgot her. She was my nurse when I gave birth at LMH 30 years ago. I was a scared and uncertain soon to be mother and she absolutely calmed me and made me feel like everything would be alright in spite of being there five weeks early. She truly had a gift for nursing. I still remember her kind face and reassuring smile.
All my deepest sympathy,hugs, and prayers go out to you in this sad time. Cindy will be missed by so many and I feel blessed to have known her. It was always a great day when I knew she was coming to sub at Free State. I am so sorry for your loss.
Cindy was an elegant beautiful person and I held her in great respect. She will be remembered in our hearts.
To Tom,Betty, Tommy and Anne,
I am overwelmed by your loss and tremendously saddened. It is difficult to put into words how much I am thinking and hurting for you all. I pray that our lord and savior can sustain you through what must be the most difficult time in your lives. (Phil.4:13) “I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me” God Bless you all. David Lawrence
We are so very sorry and saddened by the loss of such a wonderful, kind, and caring person. Our thoughts and many prayers are with your family.
Dear Tom and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother. and grandmother. I pray that in God you will find comfort. And in your friends you will find listening. My sincere sympathy.
Dear Anne and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. YOur mom was such a sweet lady! Sending prayers your way.
Tom and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you and were so saddened to hear the news of Cindy’s death.
Anne and family-I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Cindy was so kind and always had a smile. My family will hold you in our thoughts this week.
Anne and family-I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Cindy was so kind and always had a smile. My family will hold you in our thoughts this week.
Anne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very kind, energetic lady, and I have many positive memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. My deepest sympathies to all of you.
My thoughts and prayers go out for your family during your time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss.
Tom & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss! Cindy was such a wonderful person and absolutely one of the most kind hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! She will be greatly missed! Praying God will comfort you all.
Pat Tackett – Hot Springs,AR
I am so sad for your family to have to face such a loss way too soon. Cindy was such a joy to know. I had the privilege of working with her and then having her be nurse to my children at LHS. May God draw you close.
Cindy, You will be greatly missed. We have missed you you at LHS since you retired. You helped so many people and the world has benefited from you being in it. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Tom, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I never had the privilege of meeting Cindy, but it sounds as if she had such a positive influence on the many people that did know her. You will all be in my prayers. . . .she was much too young.
Dear Tom and family: Life isn’t measured by the years we live, but its counted in the kindnesses, close friends and loved ones. Cindy touched so many other lives in a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you with special caring. God bless you. Glee and Jerry Smith
So sorry for your loss.
Our hearts go out to your family at this sorrowful time. Tom, I thought a lot of Cindy and all the wonderful things she did for so many people. She enriched many, many lives and her memory will live on. She was a sweetheart and we’re so sorry about her passing. May the Lord bless you and your family during this trying time. Love to all.
We are saddened by the passing of our dear friend and Kappa sister, Cindy. We are so grateful for her many years of friendship, service, and loyalty to Omega Chapter and our Fraternity. We will greatly miss Cindy, but will always remember her sweet and caring spirit. She was a wonderful example to all of us. Loyally,
Sally Williams – President
on behalf of Omega House Board
Dear Mr. Murray, I am so sorry to learn of your wife’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know her when I worked for you and when we went to Arizona for the FICC convention. Words seem inadequate at a time like this, but I think of you often and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Sharon M. Carr
I was very sad to learn of your wife’s passing. Although I did not know her it has been a pleasure to work with you. My prayers are with you and I wish you and your family the best. Gary
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Murray family. We know what a wonderful person Cindy was and all the great things she did for LHS and the community. A terrific friend, what a loss. Melessa and Brad
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Our sincere thoughts and prayers reach out to all of you. We are very saddened by this and will truly remember what a wonderful person Cindy was. She was an exceptional person and we are so glad to have experienced her love into our extended family. God bless.
I can’t begin to fathom your sense of loss of your exceptional wife.I can stress what a vital and productive pair you and your family have been for so many years. It makes me feel deeply proud to be a member of a community in which the Murrays have long played such a marvelous role. May fond memories soon help ease the pain of the loss of Cindy.
We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Cindy’s passing. Carla worked with Cindy for several years at LHS and always told stories of how she made life better for so many. We celebrate her life and keep her spirit alive through our memories. Our warmest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Tom, Betty, Barbara & Mallory: My heart goes out to all of you after Cindy’s passing. While your grief likely cannot now be consoled, hopefully over time you will remember your great times together with Cindy and be cheered by those memories. Al Martin
To the Murray family:
The entire Lathrop & Gage family is saddened to hear of the passing of Cindy Murray, wife of our friend, colleague and co-worker, Tom Murray. So many of us have had the opportunity to come to know Cindy and her many wonderful accomplishments over the years and it is difficult to imagine a more delightful person. At times such as these, words are so very insufficient. On behalf of our entire firm, we offer each of you our sympathies and most sincere condolences for your loss. R. Scott Beeler
I was so sad to hear of your wife’s passing. I did not know Mrs. Murray, but from knowing you, she must have been a wonderful person. What a blessing to have had 41 years of marriage. I’m praying God will give you a peace that passes all understanding as you deal with this difficult loss.
My heart aches to think that your precious family has to endure this time of sadness. My prayers are with you all.
Tom, I am so sorry about the passing of your wife. I did not know Cindy, but I know that she was a wonderful person by all accounts. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Tom and Family,
I send so much love to you. Cindy was lovely and dear and fun and kind. We were all
better to have known her.
Nancy and Wint Winter
Tom, Anne & Mark & Sam, Tom & Lisa – Words cannot express how sad we are and how much we feel for your family. We will truly miss Cindy. You have a very special family and our heart goes out to all of you. Big hugs to the Murray Family. We love you very much. Love, Johnny & Monica
Tom, I can only begin to imagine the pain you feel with the loss of your beloved Cindy. I am so very sorry. I remember meeting Cindy many years ago, and thinking what a good match she was for you. To lose your wife so soon after your mother is unimaginable. I know you and your children will help each other move through this great challenge. With love and prayers, Nancy
Dear Tom and Family.
I was blessed to have known Cindy during our KU days. Even then, I knew she was special even then and had been blessed with many gifts. She used her talents and gifts to bring joy to many, and a better life filled with hope to others in need of a loving heart and caring spirit. I pray you will feel God’s loving embrace of comfort at this time. May you have peace knowing she rests in the loving arms of Christ our Lord. Many blessings to you all. Barb Nauman
Dear Murray Family,
My heart is so heavy for your family right now. I can’t imagine what you’re all going through, but please know that so many of us loved and respected Cindy and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a kind, loving, and gentle person and she will be so missed. Tara
My thoughts and prayers surround your family in the loss of one of the best nurses I know. She had such great witt and was a joy to work with. She was loved and will be missed by many.
Tom and Family. A tragic loss of a wonderful person that belonged to a great Lawrence family. We send you all of the sympathy possible. The best to you all. Larry and Teri Hatfield
We are so sorry for your loss. She was the best.
Mary and Rod Barnes
Tom, Ann, and Tommy, Our hearts go out to you. Cindy was such a ray of sunshine.
Words can not express my thoughts. Nancy and my prayers and thoughts go out to the Murray family.
Remembering your family and Cindy in our minds and in our hearts. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Cindy often said the phrase “stars in your crown!” There aren’t enough stars anywhere to decorate hers.
Our hearts are with you Tom, Anne, Tommy and family. We remember Cindy with such love. She lived her life with such dignity, respect and fun. We are thinking of you and sending our love. Tom and LuAnn
My sincerest condolences to Tom and family. Cindy was a special friend at PHS and KU.
I am with John and family in Ireland and wish we could be at Cindy’s memorial service.
Our hearts and prayers are with you and please give Betty a hug from me!
Our deepest condolences to Tom and family. Cindy will be deeply missed.
Mr. Murray, my thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this time of grief and sadness. My heart aches so deeply for you all. I only hope you can find some peace in knowing how loved Cindy is and how many lives she touched; I feel so very blessed to have had her in mine. Praying you’ll sense God’s presence,
Sarah and Jack
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with your family. Cindy was there when our children were born, and then she continued to be a mentor to them through high school. She will forever be remembered for taking care of all of us.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Cindy’s passing. I have nothing but the fondest memories of working with her at LHS. None of the nurses I have worked with come close to her in competence and caring. My heart goes out to her family for their loss of such a special person.
We are heartsick about your loss. Cindy was such an amazing person and touched so many lives, including ours. We are so sorry for your loss and send our love and prayers to you during this time. Sheryl and Rodger
Tom-we are so saddened about Cindy. You and your family have been in our close thoughts and prayers. She was a lovely lady. You will continue to be in our thoughts. Much love–Jon and Paige
I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Cindy’s family for their overwhelming loss. To know Cindy, is to understand what a loss this is to everyone that knew her. She was one-of-a-kind and I will always have her in my thoughts.
Mrs. Murray was one of a kind. I was a student at Lawrene High and assisted her in the nurses office for 2 years 2001-2003. She always had a smile on her face and in return brought one to mine. She was on the most compassionate, sincere people I have ever meet. What I remember most of Mrs. Murray was her love for her family. She was always taking about her kids and showing me pictures of what they were doing. I am so honored I had the privlage to get to know her. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family during this difficult time.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Anne and her family. My heart breaks for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. All our love
Tom, we are very sorry. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Valerie Frye
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Every time I saw Cindy at LHS, it brightened my day. She always had a smile and an encouraging word for me.
Tom and Family, I was saddened to hear of Cindy’s passing. My friend from 1st grade to KU I will miss you.
On behalf of the entire Just Food organization, we send our deepest sympathies to the Murray family. Cindy was a Tuesday morning regular and one of our favorite people. Tuesdays will never be the same without her smile and warm heart here.
We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Anne, we are so sorry for your loss. We know that Cindy was an amazing woman based on the daughter she raised. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
My precious sister was always the wind beneath my wings. Her love was unconditional, her willingness to take responsibility for the needs of our other sisters, our mother, our nieces was second nature and I never doubted that she would fulfill all obligations better than I could. My life has been enriched by her example and I must believe that she has been made whole in spirit by our father God even though I thought she was perfect right here and I expected to be celebrating life’s joys with her for many years. The Murray family is in my prayers daily.
Tom and family, have been gone and just heard of Cindy’s passing. I am so sorry and have you in my thoughts, Kathy’s as well. Linda sends her sympathies to her friend Anne. Graham
What a beautiful lady! Cindy was a great influence on the students at Lawrence High School. Her smile was contagious and it was an honor to work with her at LHS. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
i was so sorry to learn of Cindy’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. While we don’t seem to get back to Lawrence often, we have fond memories of many of the people there. Consider yourself among those.
With sincere sympathy,
Al and Brenda Azinger
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family every day. Cindy graciously introduced herself to us at your mother’s reception. Brief as it was we could tell she was a super special person.
And so are you. Thank you for all you’ve done for us.
Jane and Preston
I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. You have my sympathy and I am saying prayers for you.Stay strong and trust in God’s plan for all of us.
My deepest sympathy goes to Tom and his family on the passing of Cynthia. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. May God give you His peace.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom, Stephanie, and all the Murray family on the passing of Cynthia. What a painful time. May the Lord sustain you and uplift you.
I am praying for you.
I am saddened to hear of your loss. Tom and family, may you find peace during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.
I worked with Cindy at LHS. She was a wonderful person who always seemed to know when others needed help and was willing to give it. I am so sorry for your loss.
Though Cindy and I haven’t been in contact for some 45 years — I never forgot her. She was always special. The world is a little emptier now.
I am so very sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. She was the most special person. She had such a great personality and sense of humor. I can still hear talking at football games. She was so fun to be with. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
I only knew Cindy for a brief time because I had joined one of her book clubs. She was an exceptional person and a beautiful woman who spoke from her heart. She had the unique quality of always making others feel special. I will miss her and I extend to all of her family and life-long friends, my heartfelt sympathy, love, and. Prayers.
I was Anne’s 3rd grade teacher at Centennial many years ago. I now live in Seattle but heard from a relative of Cindy’s passing. I am so very sorry. There are no words that can take the pain away, but I know there is great comfort in hearing how special she was to so many. I have been reading what others wrote and there is no doubt she was one amazing person and you are obviously a well-loved family. Cindy is now at peace with the Lord and I will pray His peace strengthens all of you.
Tom: I am so sorry for your loss. I was out of town from Aug. 3rd until this week and just learned of Cindy’s passing. Although I did not know Cindy well, I was fully aware what a tremendous person, wife and mother she was. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. John
Tom, know that I am praying for you and your family. My wife, Catherine, knew Cindy and thought highly of her. I cannot imagine your anguish, but I hope you take solace in the family you have and the support of the community evident from the guestbook entries.