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Cecil Ivy Murry
Private graveside services were held Tuesday at Denair Cemetery for Cecil Ivy Murry, 90, of Denair. He died Dec. 30, 2009 of congestive heart failure.

Allen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Born June 10, 1919 in Idalou, Texas, was one of 11 children of William Emmett and Mattie Beatrice (Perminter) Murry. "Cotton" married Lavena in 1938 while he was working as a farm laborer. After homesteading in New Mexico and share cropping apple farms in Soulsbyville they purchased a 10-acre farm in Denair. In 1948 they purchased the 25-acre Quality Fruit Ranch. Over the years they farmed over 100 acres in the Denair area. Mr. Murry produced over 42 tons of peaches per acre and was featured in several magazine articles. He was a member of several agriculture organizations including Farm Bureau, Gratton Grange, and co-ops Cal-Can, Tri-Valley and Blue Diamond. He served on the school boards of Gratton Elementary and Hughson High Schools and was Scout Master of Troop 33. His enjoyed baseball, softball and fishing. He loved playing baseball until he lost three fingers in a farm accident. He then became the coach/manager of the Hughson Merchants and several area softball teams. He was a long time member of the Church of Christ in Waterford and Hughson and a life-long Christian.

He leaves behind his wife, Lavena (Owens) Murry of Denair; his children, Carl Murry of Tuolumne, Donald Murry of Groveland, Margaret Coburn of Denair and Kennith Murry of Denair; his brother, John Murry; his sister, Lillie Bryant; his grandchildren, Sean Murry, Kerry Bachtelle, Heather Cordero, Ben Murry, Andrea Fuentes, Krista Richardson, Kelly Hawkins, Aimee Murry, Kyle Murry, Gerald Coburn, Todd Coburn, Cosetta DePalma, Jennifer Murry and Jacob Murry; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, Inc. at 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259.

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-Ceres Courier /January 6, 2010