Almetia J. Murray, 85

Almetia J. Murray, 85, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family and feeling the love of her many friends.

She was born to Madge and Winford Brittingham in the living room of that home. She led a very rewarding and fulfilling life. She owned and operated two small businesses in downtown Millsboro in the 1950s and 1960s. She also worked as a secretary for Sterwin Laboratories at one time. In 1972, she was nominated for and confirmed as the first female magistrate for the Justice of the Peace Courts for the State of Delaware, from which she retired in 1991.

In addition to being a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, an entrepreneur and a judge, Murray had an insatiable desire to help others. This compassionate and caring spirit was bestowed on a multitude of people she called friends, whether it was bringing flowers or gifts to those that were ill or the thousands of cards she sent to people for every occasion meaningful in their lives.

She will be dearly missed by her family and so many friends.

Murray lost her beloved husband, Millard F. “Mitt” Murray III, in 2014 after 67 years of marriage and her son, Mitt IV, in 1987. She now joins them in heaven.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Layfield and husband, Gary, of Millsboro, Missy Kenworthy and husband, Randy, of Fort Myers, Fla.; her son, Britt Murray and wife, Bernice, of Georgetown, Del.; grandchildren, Rodney Layfield and wife, Kim, of Georgetown, Derrick Layfield and wife, Sarah, of Georgetown and Bradley Layfield of Millsboro and Lacey Davis and husband, Adam, of Fort Myers, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Helen Murray; nephew, Randy Murray and wife, Sharyn; her nieces, Elaine Rummel and Debbie Brittingham; and her special cousins.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Melson Funeral Services; 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call after 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support research and the cure for AIDS that took her son, Mitt, so early, or to the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund/Beebe Medical Foundation, a charity very dear to her late husband.

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