Thursday Jan 08 2009
Georgia Murray celebration of life is next Thursday
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
Longtime library booster passes
Georgia Murray, longtime community volunteer in Folsom, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 95. Murray is best known for her work to establish a library in Folsom after Sacramento County closed their Folsom library branch operation in the 1990s. The new building, located on Natoma Street near City Hall, bears her name. She would have turned 96 on Feb. 26. Eric King, former mayor of Folsom, said a celebration of life for Murray will be held at the library on Natoma Street on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. "This will be an informal gathering that is open to the public," King said. John Jordan, facility manager for Creekside Oaks Retirement Residence, was said the staff would miss seeing Murray everyday. "We love and miss her," Jordan said. Nellie Loo, of Friends of the Folsom Library, was saddened by the news of Murray's death. "She will be missed very much," she said. Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos hailed Murray as someone who deeply cared about the town. “Georgia would call me and say, ‘I’m so proud of how you are taking care of my Folsom.’ That’s how she referred to it, as her Folsom. That just sums up her character,” he said. He recalls being warned by others that running for the City Council meant he would have to tackle a lot of problems, including Sacramento County pulling out of the library business in Folsom. “When I was elected in 1994, and was campaigning, people kept telling me I would have all these issues,” he said. “Three or four days after I got elected, I got a phone call from Georgia Murray asking to meet with me and some others regarding the library.” Miklos said they met at the old Lyon’s restaurant. “She looked at me square in the eye and asked, ‘What are you going to do to build my library?’ I mean, here’s this lady in her 80s (asking me) this question. This was my first ever meeting with Georgia and I’ve adored that lady ever since,” he said. He’s happy that the library was built and that she was able to attend the dedication of the new building. “We’re going to miss her. I’m going to miss her personally. I would go to her house and check on her just to say hi. She was a real lovable, gentle, kind individual,” he said. ““I’m glad she was able to see her legacy fulfilled … before her passing.” City Councilwoman Kerri Howell said Murray's death is a loss for the city. “Georgia was a wonderful, generous woman and she will be sorely missed by all of the residents of the city of Folsom," Howell said. "Many (residents) will never understand that, even though they never met her, she had a positive influence on their lives because of all her hard work and dedication to the city and particularly the library that was named for her.” Don Chaddock may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.