Esther L. Murray

Esther L. Murray, 92, of 3880 E. Ross Mills Road, Falconer, formerly of Bemus Point, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday April 23, 2013, in Joanne’s House of Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, Fla.

She was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Scranton, Pa., a daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Elizabeth Edwards Lobley. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. James Murray; son-in-law, Ronald Badger; three brothers: Herbert, Edwin and William Lobley; and a sister, Eleanor Pierson.

While living in the Bemus Point area, she was a member of the former Calvary Assembly of God and served as a Sunday school teacher. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and participated in golf leagues at Willow Run and Bemus Point golf courses.

She was a skilled seamstress, gardener and hostess for visiting missionaries and preachers. Through her hospitality she developed friendships across the country. The memory of her pies and other baked goods ensured that invitations to dine were readily accepted. She shared these talents at many church and community events. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Surviving are three daughters: Judith (James) Walker. with whom she made her home; Janice (Tom) Strain of Greene, N.Y. and Joy Badger of Mount Laurel, N.J.; three grandchildren: Gregory Walker of Anchorage, Alaska, Patrick Strain of Gilbertsville, N.Y., and Meghann Strain-Howard of Philadelphia, Pa; two great-grandchildren: Todd Walker of Denver, Colo., and Shelbi Walker of Anchorage, Alaska; and a sister, Ann Watson of Bigelow, Ark.

A memorial service and visitation will be scheduled in May.

Memorials may be made to Joann’s House of Hope, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135; or New Creation Assembly of God, 116 S. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701; or Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; or a charity of choice.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Esther at