In Memory

Mary Murray (York)

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09/19/22 01:21 PM #1    

David R. Rowland

Mary came from a fairly famous and public family. I always found her down to earth, easy going person. She had a beautiful smile which beamed across the cafeteria at lunch time. She had a terrible accident but persevered through it all to raise a family and a wife for years. Let's all celebrate her life and her contribution to our wonderful Broughton Class of 1967!

09/19/22 03:04 PM #2    

W. Edward Whitaker

What a heart breaker.  I have fond memories of her at Broughton.  It was incredibly sad when she was hurt in the accident and then made such a life afterwards.  My thoughts are with her family during their time of griefing.  Ed Whitaker

09/19/22 03:18 PM #3    

Harry E. LeGrand Jr.

I was a classmate and friend of Mary's way back at Sherwood Bates elementary, and recall going to her large house on Craig Street, maybe for a party.  Of course it was large, as her father -- J. Willie -- was the city's foremost architect at that time in the 1950s.  I still live in "his" Cameron Village condominiums!  I reconnected with her at Broughton -- my folks moved to northern VA for 5 years. I didn't have classes with her there like I did at Sherwood Bates (now part of Oberlin Middle School), but I did keep up with her, at least in the hallways or the cafeteria.  As with many of us, somehow, someway, I did hear of her terrible diving/swimming accident that caused her accident  I read her long obituary in the N&O yesterday, and am so glad she lived a good and full life for several more decades.

09/19/22 04:25 PM #4    

Sue W. Cates (Willis)

I was so sad to see this but feel so fortunate to have known Pee as a good friend in high school.  I reconnected with her right after our 50th reunion and was thrilled to hear from her and hear what an amazing life she had.  My thoughts and love go out to her family. 

09/20/22 08:46 AM #5    

Scott Durham

Those of us that knew her in high school were fortunate. Even though her social strata was far above mine, she always had a smile and a kind word. And that smile came from one of the most beautiful faces to stroll the halls of Broughton. She was, in every sense, a class act.

09/20/22 10:51 AM #6    

John M. Gaffney (John Gaffney)

A striking beauty, charming, an exuberence (the quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness) for life, enduring tragedy, and being victorious. In Heaven she walked up to her father and hugged him again I'm sure of that. 

10/01/22 12:02 PM #7    

Daulton West, Jr.

Upon hearing of the passing of Mary Poyner York, I reflected upon the first time I met her at Daniels Jr. High School, having shared a few classes with her. I’ll always remember her bright eyes and a warm, beautiful smile that seemed to light up the room. 


We would run into each other from time to time at Broughton, and she had the same warm smile and friendly demeanor that I experienced from our early days at Daniels.  


I would not see Mary again for several years after we graduated from Broughton, until I saw her at our NBHS 20 yr Reunion. Sadly, Mary was in a wheelchair at the time, due to her accident. She still had the same warm, friendly smile and we enjoyed a good conversation together, reflecting upon how long we had known each other, and got caught up a bit. I admired her spirit and determination, for showing up at our reunion, despite her condition, to reconnect with her high school friends. 


We all knew her story and that she came from a very well to do family, but you would never know that by talking to her. Mary P was always a very warm, friendly, down to earth person, and I was fortunate enough to have known her. I’m sure that for those lucky enough to be close to Mary and call her a friend, their lives and our lives were surely better, because Mary passed our way. 


Her obituary was an inspiration for a life well lived and testament to her spirit that she was such an active, devoted mother and wife. In the years after her tragedy, Mary did not let it define her and she adapted to her condition to be there for her children.  


My condolences to her family and friends.  


May all of her NBHS classmates remember some special times shared with her and celebrate her life, a life well lived, at our 55th NBHS Reunion on October 1st. 

10/03/22 07:07 AM #8    

Norman Davis (Davis)

It was sad to learn about Mary who I also considered a good friend. What an amazing life she lived despite a set back. And, believe it or not, I took Mary to the Senior Prom! Yep... she was dating my cousin, Mike Bolton, at the time, but he took off for the 'beach weekend' early and gave me the okay to ask her...! I don't remember much about the evening, but I must have done okay cause I did get a good night kiss😉...And, I still have the prom picture!



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