Annie Lea Murrell, 98, of Abilene died Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Bedford, Texas.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South, with Dr. Phil Christopher of First Baptist Church of Abilene officiating. Interment will follow the service in Elmwood Memorial park.
Annie Lea was born on October 7, 1918 in Uvalde, Texas to Thomas A. and Mary S. Patterson. She graduated as salutatorian of Pelican (Louisiana) High in 1935 and then attended Texas Christian University & Harris Hospital School of Nursing, later graduating in 1938 as a registered nurse. She married Joe Bailey Murrell on February 2, 1941 and celebrated their marriage for more than twenty-eight years until his death in 1970.
She worked for Hendrick Medical Center as a staff nurse, nurse supervisor and head nurse supervisor for more than twenty-five years. For the next twenty-five years of her life, she worked for Kanakuk Christian Camps in Branson, Missouri as the camp nurse for boys. She retired from nursing in 1999.
Annie Lea was a former member of the Abilene Women’s Club, the American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association serving as President of District 15. She was also a long time member of First Baptist Church of Abilene.
Annie Lea was preceded in death by her husband, her grandson Gregg Murrell, her five sisters, and her four brothers.
She is survived by her son, Ron Murrell and his wife Jan of Southlake, TX; her daughters, Joanne Johns of Fort Worth and Janet Justice and her husband, Jim Johnson of Lubbock; five grandchildren, Kim Brown, Karyn Johns, Stephanie Tedder, Jennifer Rankin, and Juli Ogilvy; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made in honor of “Nurse Pat’ to Kanakuk Kamps, 1353 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, Missouri 65616 www.kanakuk.com, to Kids Across America, PO Box 930, Branson, Missouri 65615, www.kaakamps.org , or to their local church-sponsored youth camps and ministry.
I was one of Pat's young patients when she worked for Dr. Dawson. Her kind personality always made getting an injection a not-so-scary experience. She was such a nice lady. Praying for comfort and peace for her family.
John CumminsABILENE, TX
I'll always remember Nurse Pat as a caring and fun member of the Kanakuk family. She will live on in the memory of thousands of kampers and staffers who had the pleasure of knowing her during her many faithful years there.
Todd EstesOverland Park, KS
I have many memories and such great respect for your Mom. It was great to get to see her a couple years ago when I was visiting Ron. Our thoughts are with you.
Rex SidesFREEPORT, IL
My heart hurts for your loss. She was just beautiful, and quite a lady. My grandmother grew up in Uvalde. Hold on to the happiness she brought to all of your lives -- it will get you through. Sending love, Janet.
Donna Corkle BakerFort Worth, TX
Mimi was my great grandmother, she's been in my life and I've loved her before I can even remember. I grew up going to her house during the summers and enjoying her amazing cooking and great personality, I wish I'd spent more time with her while she was with us. Life seems to speed up as you get older, days turn into weeks and months are but stepping stones into another year... yet still loved ones can pass you by just like that. She lived a long full life with many descendants that all love her, I only hope I can do her proud and leave a legacy as rich and as full hers!
Grant BrownROANOKE, TX
God said there will be no more tears nor pain when we get to heaven. What a day of rejoicing it will be to see all our loved ones once again. Your mom is at rest with her angels rejoicing and is rejoicing with all her loved ones already there. May all of you be blessed knowing what a great woman she really was.
james sessoonalaska, TX