Obituary of Laetitia Meachem Murray
Laetitia (Letty) Meachem Murray, 99, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was born May 1, 1919, in Syracuse, to Laetitia Donne Meachem and Joseph Forman Sabine Meachem. Letty came from a family with a rich history in Onondaga County. One of her ancestors – Joshua Forman – incorporated the City of Syracuse and was its first mayor. Her grandfather, T.W. Meachem, started New Process Gear. Meachem School and Meachem Field in the Onondaga valley take their name from the family.
Mrs. Murray attended Goodyear Burlingame School in Syracuse, Lawnside School in Malvern, England, and Smith College in Northhampton, MA. She served for 25 years in various capacities with the Everson Museum, culminating with her position as membership secretary. Letty was a community leader and served as president of the Junior League of Syracuse, interim director of the Onondaga Historical Association, and was awarded the Post-Standard Woman of Achievement in 1976. She served on the boards of the Onondaga Historic Association, the Syracuse Garden Club, the English-Speaking Union, the Social Art Club, the Literary and Social Club of Onondaga Valley, the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association, and the Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology.
She is survived by sons, Hallam Gillis Murray Jr. of Menlo Park, CA, Philip Sabine Murray of Cato, NY, and David Morss Murray (Patricia) of Liverpool NY; daughter, Elisabeth Adams Murray and her partner Steven P. Wise of Bethesda, MD; grandchildren, Jennifer Murray Stein (Christopher), Elisabeth Murray Driscoll, and Nathan David Murray (Ashley); and several nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Hallam Gillis Murray.
Calling hours will be 4-7 PM, Monday, April 29, at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3960 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. Service will be 11 AM, Tuesday, April 30, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.
Contributions may be given to the CNY Community Foundation, 431 E. Fayette St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202, the Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202, or to the charity of your choice.