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Patricia Ann (O'Connor) Murray passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at
Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC. She was surrounded by family members from
all over the country.

Her parents, Allan James O'Connor and Charlotte Passino O'Connor, lived in
Los Angeles, CA. She joined three brothers, Daniel Franklin. Allan James,
and Richard Edwin O'Connor. When she was still very young, she and her
mother relocated to June Lake, CA. Patricia graduated from Bishop High
School in 1953. She studied nursing, but her love of travel led her to join
the AirForce where she was part of the flight crew for Strategic Air
Command that flew missions on C-118s.

In 1958 she met and married Col. Richard Fernald, an Air Force officer.
They had three children, Kevin, Colleen, and Kathleen. Following a divorce
in 1978, Patricia and daughter Kathleen returned to Northern California.
There she met and married Ronald Murray in 1991. In 2002, they took in
three young girls, Donna, Nancy, and Vanessa Nguyen, after they lost their
mother and Pat became their extra Grandma.

She worked for R.W. Lynch and retired as their Vice President after 21
years of dedication. Upon her retirement, she and Ron moved to Pinehurst,
North Carolina. She was active in several organizations. She was a
volunteer with the Red Cross, a volunteer liaison for the U.S. Open, a
graduate of the Pinehurst Citizens Police Academy. She has always been
deeply involved in all of the churches that she had attended throughout her
life. She has been a member of Christ Community Church for many years and
has been part of many prayer groups and various ministries, but her biggest
passion was her work in their Children's Ministry. Little ones were her
light and life.

She was well loved by her many, many friends and famous for her colorful
socks, kind acts, and handing out of red clown noses to friends, or even
perfect strangers, just to brighten their day and make them feel special.
She loved children, birds and dogs, gardening, knitting, playing bridge and

She is joined in heaven with her parents, Charlotte and Allan, her brothers
Danny and Richard, and her granddaughter Charlotte Fernald.

She is survived by her husband Ron Murray, her brother Allan O'Connor, her
children: Kevin Fernald and wife Rosemarie, Colleen Fernald, and Kathleen
Harvey and husband Chris, also by her grandchildren: Nicolas Hodgetts,
Alexandra Sage Hodgetts, Jesse Fernald,Connor Fernald, Patrick Fernland and
adopted grandchildren: Donna, Nancy, and Vanessa Nguyen.

A memorial service was held 10:00 AM Monday, October 28, 2019 at Christ
Community Church.

Memorials may be made to: Patricia Ann Murray Memorial Fund, c/o First
Citizens Bank, 40 Page Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Services are entrusted to Powell Funeral Home.

An online guest register is available at