April 11, 2017 | Village of Mortlach




William "Bill" Murray
William (Bill) Murray passed away at Pioneer Lodge in Moose Jaw, SK on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Bill is survived by three nephews; Jimmy, Larry and Terry Youngman, and two nieces; Leanne Dunn and Margaret Esper, the children of his sister Margaret (Bessie) Youngman. Bill was the youngest of five children born to Hal and Grace Murray. The Murray family moved to the Mortlach area from Minnesota in 1907. They were the second family to establish a homestead in that area and they were one of the true pioneers in turning the great Saskatchewan plains into farms. Hal Murray used oxen to break up their first farm land, and farmed with horses until 1940. Pioneering days were harsh. Two of Bill's sisters died at early ages of 2 and 11 years old. Bill was born in their small house on the homestead on February 13, 1919. He was raised on the Murray farm and resided there most of his life. Bill vividly remembered the many hardships the family endured during the many years of drought and the world depression of the 1930's, and how determined the family was to survive. Along with his older brother Clarence, Bill worked with his parents to develop a successful farm. When Bill's father passed away in 1941, Bill and Clarence took over the farm along with their mother. After her death in 1957, they continued farming together. In 1980 Clarence developed very serious health problems that required long term health care. As a result, Bill and Clarence moved to Moose Jaw where Bill devoted all of his time to looking after his brother for the next seven years. Clarence passed away in 1987. Bill loved his farm and the farm way of life. He said the hardest thing he ever did was sell the farm when his age prevented him from doing further active farming. The land passed to new owners after 96 years of being the Murray homestead. Bill will be remembered for his gentle nature and mischievous sense of humour. He loved children and his eyes twinkled whenever he had a chance to tease them. He lived by the core values of honesty, working hard, and duty to family. Although deteriorating health made his final years difficult, his attitude was always "you just have to make to best of it." He will be sadly missed. Our family is most grateful to the wonderful caregivers at Pioneer Lodge who helped Bill through the last years of his life. There will be no funeral. A private burial will take place where Bill will be laid to rest in the family plot at Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw.
Arrangements are entrusted to
Parkview Funeral Chapel
474 Hochelaga St. West, Moose Jaw, SK
Blair & Kelly Scott, Funeral Directors
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