Agnes May Murray was born at the lighthouse station in Westport, Wash., on November 17, 1931.
She came to San Juan Island at the age of four to live at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse where her father was the lighthouse keeper for many years. Agnes loved growing up at the lighthouse and had many wonderful stories about what life was like in those days.
She graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1950 and married the love of her life, Norman Murray. They had five children, Janice Anderson, Sue Maas, Norman Murray, Teri Cooter, and Toni Holmes—but she was “Mom” to many others.
She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She touched many hearts during her life with her loving spirit.
Agnes loved going to the beach, watching the waves and collecting shells, rocks and beach glass for her hobbies. She also loved gardening, fishing, clam digging, family get-togethers, and dancing.
Agnes passed away on March 6 at her home in Friday Harbor after a short illness. Graveside services for family and close friends will be April 11, at noon, at the Valley Cemetery. A celebration of her life for the community will be at 1 p.m. at the American Legion.
Remembrances can be made to the Friends of Lime Kiln Society, PO Box 1361, Friday Harbor.
The “Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” was truly a bright light in our lives.
—Family of Agnes May Murray