Helen Ilona Magyari Murray, 95, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 31, 2017. She was born Dec. 19, 1921, in Yorkville, Ohio, to Hungarian parents Mary Bogas Magyari and Alex (Sandor) Magyari. The family originated from the Transylvanian region of Hungary, now part of modern Romania.
Murray was employed by the Glen L. Martin Aircraft Co. of Baltimore, Md., at the start of World War II to weld aluminum. She also worked to promote the company’s war effort and was featured in store-window presentations to help generate interest for women to join the factory war effort. After the war, she moved to Millsboro with her husband, Aubrey Phillips Murray, to begin their life together.
Murray had worked as secretary for the last two elected Sussex County Coroners, Douglas Melson and the late Vollie Gray, until the position was eliminated by the state legislature. She was very active in the American Field Service foreign exchange program and hosted exchange student Alberto Triana from Bogota, Colombia, in 1966 to 1967.
Murray authored, with her husband, the book “Magyar Lace,” based on the life of her mother, who grew up in Hungary and migrated to America before World War I to join her first husband, who had by then established himself in Ohio. Mary Magyari’s first daughter, Mari, had remained with her grandparents until she could travel to join her parents in Ohio. They were never reunited, but the family has remained in touch ever since and visited, even during the Cold War.
In addition to her parents, Murray was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Aubrey Phillips Murray; her stepfather, Nick Bochian, also of Yorkville; and her sister, Mari Zavicsa of Crizbov, Romania. She is survived by her son, Randy K. Murray and his wife, Sharyn, of Millsboro; her brother, John Magyari of Columbus, Ohio; nieces Cheryl Layfield and her husband, Gary, of Millsboro, Reynette Magyari of Gahanna, Ohio, Michelle Kenworthy and her husband, Randy, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Klara Suba of Romania; her nephews, W. Britt Murray and his wife, Bernice, of Georgetown, Del., Allen Magyari of Columbus, John J. Magyari of Galena, Ohio, and Sandor Mozes, Arpad Mozes, Alpar Illyes and Joseph Illyes, all of Romania; and the caregivers who enabled her to remain in her home in her last years, Lillian Taylor, Terry Cox, Charlotte Williams, Jeanette Hall and Ernestine Tindal.
A visitation was scheduled for April 5, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del., with funeral service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Millsboro, Del. The Rev. David Archibald was to officiate. Entombment was to follow in Millsboro Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.