On December 31st 2020, our mother, Jeanette Murray of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully in her home with our loving sister and brother in law at her side. She was 89.
Jeanette was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 19th 1931. She began her first real adventure in 1953, which brought her to post war Germany, this paved the way for her lifelong love of travel. As a military wife, Jeanette went on to live in Germany for multiple tours, as well as in Brussels, Belgium for 10 years. She eventually settled in Northern Va, just outside of Washington DC before retiring to The Villages in 2004. She was passionate about travel, and did so alone or with family, up until just this past year due to the pandemic. She traveled the world during her lifetime, throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, she was happiest when setting off on a new adventure. She spoke fluent German, and had a good grasp of French which proved helpful in her foreign adventures. She was stylish, and had an eye for antiques, which she collected during her sojourns abroad.
She was mother to four daughters, Nannette Carrington, Juliette Bridgeman (Greg), Shawn Carrington (Mark), and Heidi Thomas (Rick). “Grammy” to eight grandchildren, David Bridgeman, Christopher Bridgeman, Austin Baker, Evan Baker, Matthew Baker, Madeleine Thomas, Hunter Thomas and Harrison Thomas. And “GG”, or “Great Grammy” to Liam Baker and Paisley Baker.
She loved visiting, us, her daughters and grands and great grands around the country, and especially loved it when we visited her. She was strong, independent, brave and tenacious, all traits that we are lucky enough to have inherited. We love her, we miss her, and we hope that she is already enjoying her next adventure, which she so desperately missed this past year.
She will join her late husband, Richard Murray, who preceded her in death, and together, they will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, we think she would love that donations be made, in her name, to her favorite charity, Turning Point Donkey Rescue.