Charlotte Kay McMurray, age 83 passed away on December 23rd, 2023, in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Born to Charles C. “Jack” and Margaret Rhodes on August 15th, 1940, in Topeka. Charlotte was the oldest of three daughters and raised in Chanute, KS where she graduated in 1958, marrying her high school sweetheart Howard McMurray in 1961.
After attending college at PSU and Emporia State, and while newly being a mother, she worked part time in Coffeyville at the grocery store/candy shop on 8th Street and then later as a dental hygienist until 1969.
After Charlotte’s divorce, she started work in 1980 for the City of Coffeyville working for Jim Hayes (Inspector) and Harry Jameson (Street Dept.). Later for the Fire Department, Community Development, then many years at the Coffeyville Municipal Power Plant where she retired in 2005. After retirement, she was a volunteer tutor for 5 years and a substitute teacher until 2011.
She was quite the social butterfly, active in her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, including being the director of the Coffeyville Arts and Crafts Fair for many years. She was always heading off to meet with her bridge, canasta and bunco clubs. For most of her life she enjoyed playing games, be it dominos, board games or her favorite card games.
Charlotte found joy in all things and was always fashionable and well accessorized for any occasion. There were just not enough occasions for all her accessories and jewelry. She is remembered by all as never having spoken badly of others although having come close only once or maybe twice and always bringing joy to those around her.
She is survived by her three children (who each will miss her beautiful spirit everyday): Kevin along with spouse Becky, Chad, and Scott along with spouse Bev. Two grandchildren (no longer children but are both beautiful strong young women): Rachel McMurray, and Alexis Slates. Two great grandchildren (who are greatly enjoying being children at the moment): Lily Slates and Emma Slates. Also survived by her sisters: Linda Stanislaus and Martha Pierce as well as numerous extended relatives and friends.
Following Charlotte’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 304 W. 10th St. Coffeyville, Kansas.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and are greatly appreciated. These may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home 306 N. Cline Rd. Coffeyville, KS 67337.