Barbre L. McMurray, 84, died peacefully in her home in Roswell, GA on April 26, 2014.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 26, 1929 to Donald F. McMurray and Alice D. (Grady) McMurray, both also from Brooklyn. Barbre attended Baldwin High School in Baldwin, NY. She then earned her B.S. in Nursing from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.
Barbre was married to Harold C. Schneider of Baldwin, NY and had seven children together. While still raising her children and working full time, Barbre returned to college in the evenings to earn her Nursing degree. She was employed for a number of years as a geriatric nurse at Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing center in Brentwood, NH. She spent time as a psychiatric nurse at Hampstead Hospital in Hampstead, NH and eventually retired from Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth, NH.
In her early retirement, Barbre was actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren. Later, at her home at St. George Village in Roswell, GA, Barbre was an active organizer and participant in her community prayer group. She was a constant and compassionate advocate for those in her community who could not speak for themselves. She was also an avid gardener, accomplished seamstress, cat fancier, dog lover and prolific reader.
Barbre is survived by her seven children; Rev. Thomas D. McMurray, S.J. (Jesuit priest) of Portland, ME; Michael Ann Grady of Sunapee, NH; Harold C. (Katherine) Schneider Jr. of Cumming, GA; Daniel P. (Julie Belmer Spencer) Schneider of Groveland, MA; Kathleen M. (Ed Lennon) Phillips of Seekonk, MA; Timothy P. (Maritza) Schneider of Raymond, NH; Megan J. (John) Gorman of Flanders, NJ; and her sister Jean Ann McMurray of Summerfield, FL. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Joshua & Matthew Phillips; Daniel Jr & Connor Schneider; Brandon & Naomi Schneider; Ryan, Brandon & Michael Flaherty; and is predeceased by her beloved granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Schneider.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in the McDonald & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Thomas D. McMurray, SJ will officiate. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 2, 2014 at St. Brigid Church in Westbury, NY, with Thomas McMurray of the Society of Jesus, officiating. Graveside service will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, NY.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations in Barbre’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899