November 23, 1923 - January 26, 2019
Atsumi Murray passed away in her home with her 2 daughters by her side. She was 95. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii of immigrant parents. She was second generation Okinawan-Japanese. Some years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she met her husband, James Murray. They started a family, and made their way to the islands of Micronesia. Starting on Wake Island, then Saipan, Belau, Pohnpei and Truk, they spent more than 30 years in the Trust Territory. Atsumi ran the post offices on the islands of Belau and Pohnpei. She was a marvelous cook and could have a big feast on the table by dinner time after a day at work. She often hosted dinners for friends, other government workers, newcomers to the island, members of the Catholic Mission, Miltary personnel, and Peace Corp Volunteers. She was a skilled seamstress and sewed all the family clothes, from aloha shirts to shorts. She loved shells and had an amazing collection. She would spend hours on the reefs, sometimes with toddlers in tow, racing the tide. She did not swim. She moved to Oregon, where she lived for 35 years. She worked as a bookkeeper before retiring, using the first of Apple computers. She loved travelling with her family, visiting with her grandchildren, cooking and baking, growing flowers in her garden, collecting stamps and coins, and reading. She was a fan of the 49ers and enjoyed watching sports. She was strong, quiet, thoughtful and always so generous. She had a sharp mind and lived independently until her death. She is survived by her 5 children, John, Ed, Anna, Denise and James, her 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren. She will be forever missed.
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