Memories of My Mom

Ann (Patsy) Murray: May 30, 1931-October 10, 2023

Anna Murray
6 min readOct 18, 2023


Mom was the last surviving member of her six siblings.

Patsy Murray is the smaller girl in the hat.

By the time Aunt Peggy died in 2020, Mom’s cognitive decline was such that she was never aware of this fact.

I often wondered what Mom would have thought if she’d known — my feisty combative mother who insisted on having the last word. I’m pretty sure her reaction to being the final survivor would have been, “I suppose that means I won!”

Some interesting things about Mom folks may not know

Mom’s parents spoke Irish to one another at home.

Mom probably survived tuberculosis during her childhood. She always tested positive for it.

Mom was a terrible cook. She was living proof of the saying, “Irish cooking has two steps. On and off.” This meant Mom could roast a mean chicken or leg of lamb, but hardly anything else. Except a lovely orange cake. But that took her years to master.

Mom had a kind of personal bible she treasured. The History of Decorative Arts and Design published in like 1953. There’s a…



Anna Murray

Tech expert, novelist, and essay writer with an ticklish funny bone. My novel, “Greedy Heart,” is First Best Book Finalist in the VIVIAN Awards.