Marilyn A. Murray, 73: Volunteer who worked as substitute teacher

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YARMOUTH — Marilyn “Lynne” Achorn Murray, 73, of Yarmouth, died March 1, due to complications brought on by a stroke.

Born July 2, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Leroy Achorn and Joan Dorr Achorn of Newton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Newton Highlands. Murray graduated from Newton High School, went on to earn a nursing degree and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.

She married Ensign Michael Alan Murray of Peaks Island in 1964 at Saint Christopher Parish on Peaks Island. As a Navy wife, Murray spent the next 26 years moving from place to place. Regardless of the location, Murray assimilated with a smile and a positive attitude – from getting involved in the schools, Girl Scouts, craft groups, or fundraisers – to painting local scenes and bartering for blankets in Tijuana.

Following her husband’s retirement from the Navy in 1990, the couple returned to Maine and settled in Yarmouth. Murray worked as substitute teacher and took a position teaching children with learning challenges at Longfellow School in Brunswick.

She was active with Yarmouth Newcomers and a member of Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth. She loved swimming at the YMCA, playing bridge with friends, and world travel. Murray cherished her family and never missed a gathering. She loved spending time on Peaks Island, especially when it included family and her island friends.

She will be remembered as a positive and caring person of great courage, and someone who was never short of an opinion or the last word.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Herbert Achorn, Carolyn DeCoste and Dayle Daley.

Murray is survived by her husband of 51 years; three daughters, Joan Nelson, of Yarmouth, Jennifer Dupuis, of Gray and Rebecca Meehan, of North Yarmouth; a son, Michael Murray Jr., of Yarmouth; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth  March 5. Interment at Holy Cross cemetery in Yarmouth will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Iris Network: 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102.