Mary Kathryn Moline Blessing Murray entered eternal life on Dec. 30, 2013.
The second of two children born to Charles Doak Moline and Thelma Marie Bell on Sept. 7, 1934, Mary was a scholar, athlete, and musician with eclectic interests.
Scholastically she followed her Mother’s footsteps graduating salutatorian from high school (Birdville High School class of 1952). She continued her education as a music major at Texas Wesleyan College.
Mary was a fierce competitor on the high school basketball court and knew the importance of getting the most out of all five fouls.
A master of the pop-up slide she later applied that same competitive spirit to softball and could always be counted on to take the extra base on a base hit. An avid swimmer, there was nothing better for her than flying through the air on the swing at Burger’s Lake or a good turn on a 3-meter diving board.
Her true passion however was music. At the bequest of her father, she began playing the piano at age 7, later developed an enviable soprano voice and also applied her talent to the pipe organ.
Mary impacted hundreds of lives over a lifetime of musical service by sharing her singing and playing piano and pipe organ. She taught piano lessons, although her professionalism and work ethic were living lessons.
For example practice, practice, practice really does make perfect; be early to rehearsal and performance; playing is for the benefit of the audience and to glorify God Almighty not yourself, listen to and analyze what you play; sight read well; when accompanying follow closely helping your singer along the way as needed; encourage young musicians; save the sforzando piston for special occasions to add the crowning glory to full organ, and Wednesday night is positively off limits for any activity except choir practice.
Mary was a member of the American Guild of Organist-Ft.Worth Chapter and organist for First United Methodist Church, Mineral Wells; Riverside United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth; St. Luke United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth; substitute organist for First Christian Church, Breckenridge; and sang in many choirs and choruses.
Mary was employed as a staff accountant with Bell Helicopter Textron for 42 years. She began her tenure in 1955 and retired in 1997.
Mary was a dedicated employee and through the years we were again witness to another life lesson ... nothing interfered with the week of the accounting close; next to Wednesday night choir practice this event was sacrosanct.
Mary delighted in making others feel special. She was a master of showing appreciation with her kind words at just the right moment or dropping a card in the mail to celebrate or pick you up.
She was relentless with her quick wit, everyday cheerfulness, and strong will. Her continuous glass half-full outlook on life is a testament to her character; a testament we should all wish to emulate.
Mary is reunited with her parents Charles and Thelma Moline, brother Charles Moline, Jr., and aunt Evelyn Bell Harrell.
Her spirit is carried forward by the family she adored, daughter Beth Blessing of Southlake; husband Frank Murray of Moran; Ande Huffstutler; sister-in-law Dorothy Moline; nieces Kathy Moline Buchanan (husband Al), Joanna Moline Horton, and Charlotte Moline Neill (husband Tim); nephews Jon Kemp (wife Dottie), Kevin Kemp (wife Shelley), and Jay Kemp (wife Jackie); cousins Ross Moline, Jon Moline (wife Sandra), and Donald Moline; great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces, and scores of wonderful friends as extended family.
Where words fail, music speaks and music is well said to be the speech of angels. You are the music in our hearts, the angel to our soul. We are forever blessed for you in our lives and will miss your joy, strength of spirit, boundless energy and love.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in Moran Cemetery Pavilion, Moran.
Visitation: Jan. 2-4 at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco.
Memorials: Please consider Hendrick League House 1910 Hickory St., Abilene, 79601 or The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.aspca.org.
Thank you: The family wishes to express sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, social workers, and staff of Hendrick Medical Center for their kindness, care, and support.