Mary Lou Murray

Mary Lou Murray Obituary

Mary Lou Murray, age 85 of Darlington, WI passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Lafayette Manor in Darlington. She was born on February 14, 1937, the daughter of Clarence and Winifred (Stack) Hanson. Mary Lou grew up in Darlington where she lived her entire life. She was united in marriage to Francis J. “Buzz” Murray on May 1, 1954 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington. Buzz and Mary Lou began farming after marriage. Together, they grew crops, milked cows, and raised beef cattle and hogs until they retired in 2005.

Mary Lou is survived by her children: Randy (Kathy) Murray of Elkhorn, WI, Rick (Karen) Murray of Monticello, WI, Kevin (Peggy) Murray of Scottsdale, AZ, Kris (Tom) Reichling of Darlington, WI, and Mark (Martine) Murray of Fitchburg, WI; her grandchildren: Tana (Gary) Vogel, Michele (Justin) Gruenenfelder, Cody (Jennifer) Murray, Ryan (Mindy) Murray, Katelyn (Matt Przybilla) Murray, Jenna (Reid) Gill, Devin (Alex) Murray, and Rianna Murray; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister: Sandra (Elton) Olson of Belvidere, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buzz in 2010; one son, Tim Murray in 2020; a granddaughter, Erica Droessler in 2021; her sisters, Shirley Orr; Joann McCarten, and Karen Davis; and one brother, Steve Staver.

Mary Lou was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and CCW in Darlington. She was known for keeping a tidy home, including ensuring her children looked their best for Sunday church. She was very organized and known to be the keeper of sentimental items. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, shopping, and lunching with her friends. Mary Lou’s favorite pastime of all was visiting with her family and she made sure they all knew how proud she was of them. In her last years, “Grandma Lulu” especially cherished visits with her great-grandchildren, adoringly called her “little love bugs.” She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (104 E. Harriet St., Darlington) with Rev. Luke Syse officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of mass at the church with a rosary being prayed at 8:30 A.M. The Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Mary Lou’s name.