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Jane L. Murray

Jane L. Murray, 78, of Shirley, formerly of Gro- ton, passed away on Friday, Octo- ber 7, 2022. Jane had lived in Shirley since 2005.

Jane was born
in Lawrence, on
June 30, 1944 to
Constance (Bun-
ten) Murray
Whitney and
Edison C. Mur-
ray. She grew up in Lawrence, Manchester, NH, and Andover before moving to Groton where she spent most of her life.

She is survived by three sib- lings: Jeffrey P. Murray of Amherst, NH, Stephen Murray of Hollis, NH, and Ruth Ellen Whit- ney of Litchfield, NH, as well as three nieces and nephews: Alison Murray of New York City, Eric Kelly of Newmarket, NH, and Katherine Jane Kelly of Stone- ham, a step-sister: Martha (Whitney) Davis of Nashua, NH, and her step-brother’s wife: Bar- bara Whitney of St. Simons, GA. She was predeceased by her step- brother Richard Whitney and her brother Brian Murray, who passed away at a young age in 1949.

Jane spent most of her career at Ayer Oil Co., formerly May and Hally Fuels. She was also well known in the community as Park Commissioner of Groton for more than 15 years.

She loved horses and har- ness racing, an interest that was spurred by her mother's and step fa- ther's (H. Dud- ley Whitney) love of training and racing har- ness horses at the Groton Fair- grounds. She even purchased two horses of

her own, Heidi and Sunny. She is survived by her last beloved com- panion, a Welsh terrier named Reagan.

Another one of her passions was collecting antiques and going to the Brimfield Fair to expand her collection. She also had fond memories of boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, where her family owned a cabin on Bear Island.

Visiting hours will be held in the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St. (Rte. 113), Pep- perell on Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. immedi- ately followed by procession to Groton Cemetery where Jane will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shirley Council on Aging, 9 Parker Road, Shirley, MA 01464 or to Making Opportunity Count ( in Jane’s honor. Please see


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