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Cathy Lynn Murray


Cathy Lynn Murray, daughter of Henry Clarence Whipple and Clara Sue Smith Whipple, was born Oct. 14, 1971, in Mansfield, and departed this life Feb. 4, 2022, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, at the age of 50 years, 3 months and 20 days.

She was united in marriage to Trent Murray on May 30, 2010, in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her father.

Cathy is survived by her mother, Sue, of Mansfield; husband, Trent, of the home; three daughters, Meagan Essary and husband, Brett, of Mansfield; Miranda Brooke and Rocky Austin, of Hartville; and Tatum Murray, of Ava; three sons, Dylan Berry and Calista Slattery, Bret Berry and Jadalyn Keith, all of Mansfield, and Tanner Murray, of Havlock, N.C.;  three grandchildren, Oaklee, Carleigh and Kynleigh; brother, Eddie Whipple and wife, Lisa, of Columbia; sister, Cindy Cross, of Mansfield; step-mother, Marcia Whipple; step-brother, Scott Whipple; step-sisters, Billie Jo Vogel and Cassy Shrader; parents-in-law, Norman and Linda Murray, of Ava; brother-in-law, Craig Murray and wife, Rachel, and family, of Mansfield; sister-in-law, Alyssa Brown and family, of Ava; her pen pal since third grade, Michelle Blodgett, of Lansing, Mich.; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was born and raised in Mansfield, where she attended Mansfield Schools. She had been a dispatcher for Mountain Grove Police Department and Wright and Ozark County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of her passing, she was employed by Court Probationary Services, where she was a probation supervisor. Cathy made a profession of faith in Christ and was attending Cold Creek Cowboy Church.

In her spare time, Cathy spent all the time she could with her kids and grandkids. She loved them so much and would do anything she could to help them. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece and friend. Although she has left us far too soon, she is no longer suffering and we have many special times together that we will always cherish.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at Cold Creek Cowboy Church, south of Mansfield, with the Rev. John Williams officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home – Mansfield.

Online condolences: www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.