Gladys R. (Gullage) Murray

  • Born: August 13, 1932
  • Died: April 5, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Gladys by adding your memories.

Gladys R. Murray (Gullage), 87, of Melrose, loving wife of the late John P. Murray, left this life and all of us for heaven on Sunday, April 5, 2020. She was greeted by her husband Jack Murray, her mother and father, Warren Gullage and Margaret Gullage (Quinn) of Somerville, brother and sister-in-law Warren and Ruthie Gullage of Somerville, sister and brother-in-law Lorraine and Joe Mooney of Belmont, and her younger brother Francis Gullage (Baby Frankie).

Glady was blessed in this life and truly enjoyed every minute of it. She was a mom, nannie, auntie, and a friend and neighbor to many. She loved her family, spending so many years at her home in Cape Neddick, with her husband, kids, and grandkids. She loved the sight of the Nubble lighthouse from the road, the sound of the ocean, the beach, and the beautiful sunsets from her deck. She also loved spooky movies, drinking wine, socializing at restaurants, and she especially loved scooping up all of the Beanie Babies she could find, much to Jack's displeasure.

In the retirement years, Jack and Glady enjoyed the winters in Florida, where they made many friends and enjoyed good times. It was there that she rediscovered her love for painting, after dabbling in it when her kids were younger. Her friends say she was a natural, creating some beautiful work that she displayed at the yearly art show. She loved talking to anyone and everyone. She was funny, feisty, opinionated, mischievous, loving and generous, and made people laugh. She was just plain fun and a gift to all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.

In the summer of 2018, Gladys and her family visited Ireland. She was so happy to have all of her kids and grandkids together in such a magical place. She was grateful for that time together and the great memories. This brought her so much joy.

Gladys is survived by her children, daughter Diane MacDonald of Melrose, son John Murray and Heidi Lang of Saugus, and son Frank Murray and wife Randi of Melrose. She is remembered lovingly by her grandchildren, Christina and her husband Jake, Johnny, Tommy, Joshua, Ryan, Zachery; great granddaughter, Abby; and, many beloved nieces and nephews, extended family and so many dear friends.

Because of these difficult times, services are private and reserved for immediate family. We realize there are many dear family and friends who are unable to pay their respects. The family will plan a celebration of life for Gladys at a later date when appropriate. We ask only for love and prayers for each of our communities and country, the heroes that are caring for our needs and keeping us fed, and most especially for our healthcare heroes on the frontlines. We are grateful for you.

Please feel free to send a card to family members, drop a card at the funeral home for the family or send a message of online condolence.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry to hear Glady past away! A wonderful obituary. Her picture brought a smile to my face as I am sure to my brothers too and reminded me of many memories.

Posted by David Mirra - York, ME - friend   January 05, 2022

We are sorry to hear about the loss of Gladdy. She was our neighbor for many years on Granite Street in Melrose. My mother, Arlene Murphy, was very good friends with her. My entire family sends their condolences to you at this very difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Posted by Kerry Murphy - Neighbor   January 08, 2021

We are sorry to hear about the loss of Gladdy. She was our neighbor for many years on Granite Street in Melrose. My mother, Arlene Murphy, was very good friends with her. My entire family sends their condolences to you at this very difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Posted by Kerry Murphy - Neighbor   January 08, 2021

Diane & John & Frankie,

I was very sad to hear of the loss of your beloved mom. Our moms were very close friends, (Barbara Breviglia).

May God hold you all close during this very difficult time.

Deepest sympathy,
Sharon Ward (Breviglia)

Posted by Sharon Ward - Marshfield, MA - Family Friend   June 22, 2020

Just hearing of Gladys passing thinking of you all Diane ,John ,Frankie your mother was a great friend to my mother Barbara Breviglia I hope they are having a nice reunion together alone with your dad Jack ! God bless. Daughter of Barbara Breviglia

Posted by Barbara Jean Dunleavy - Tyngsboro, MA - friend   June 22, 2020

Diane Frank and John
I was so saddened by the news that Mom passed. I was thinking of her the other day and when i googled her i learned of her passing. She was an amazing lady who lived life to the fullest. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Susan Rugoletti

Posted by Susan Rugoletti - Wimauma, FL   June 22, 2020

Diane, Frank & John, So Sorry. This is so sad. I will miss auntie , her laugh,
her kindness. I am so happy I got to see her a few times
when we went out for lunch, we had fun. I miss the times
with my mother.
Love Denise & John

Posted by Denise O'Donovan - Medford, MA - Family   April 24, 2020

To all of Gladys' beloved family,
I'm so very sorry. I'm devastated to learn of Gladys' passing. She was one in a million!! So warm and welcoming, funny, loving, wise, artistic and nurturing. Just being around her or talking to her made me feel good. Oh how Gladys loved animals! She bred sable Burmese show cats and pets through her cattery, Bensha Cattery. She loved telling me all about her beloved and much missed Burmese cats, especially Madonna, but also Ivy, Megan and Barnabus plus your family's Dobermans. My husband and I bought one of Glady's male Burmese kittens in 1992. Our kitten, whom we named Mocha Java, was in Madonna's litter born on May 10, 1992. Glady and I were both friends with Theresa Seward, a Burmese cat breeder from back in the 1970s. I had the great pleasure of bringing my two Burmese cats up to visit Gladys at her house in Maine in 2011. When we last spoke in late November, we had been planning to go to a cat show together when she returned from Florida. We also liked talking about handsome Tom Brady and the Patriots. But now she has been reunited with Jack and her dearly missed family members, including all of her Burmese cats and dogs she shared her boundless love with. I love her and miss her. What a special lady.

Posted by Catherine Carter - Cambridge, MA - Friend   April 22, 2020

Diane, Frank & John-my sincere condolences on your mothers passing. She was a lovely and funny woman and I enjoyed knowing her.
Lisa Howitt

Posted by Lisa Howitt - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   April 18, 2020

Sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember after the family moved into our old house on Beach Avenue so many years ago, my Mom was always saying what a nice lady Glady was!

Rest in peace, Mrs. Murray.

Posted by Maureen (Lynch) Noyes - Saugus, MA - Neighbor   April 16, 2020

Frank, Johnny and the Murray Family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by John Spencer - Melrose, MA - Friend   April 13, 2020

To the whole Murray family,
The cliche she had a heart of gold fits Gladys to a tee. Sweet, kind, and SO easy to talk with. She always made everybody feel comfortable and appreciated. One of my fondest memories was when she and her husband danced at their 25th wedding anniversary to The Way We Were. A real love story.
As the video says she was truly angelic.
Love to you all,
Jack and Callie Foote

Posted by Jack Foote - NH   April 13, 2020

Gladys was a very special lady and a wonderful friend for more than 20 years. I will miss seeing her, her sense of humor and the great way she had of looking at life. Sending condolences to all of her family and friends.

Posted by Sharon Worley - Naples, FL - friend   April 11, 2020

God and Jack have called you home, Glady. I picture you surrounded by your Mom and Dad, Warren, Baby Frankie, Lorraine, and all those Gullages, Quinn's and Murray's who went before you. I think Uncle Joe is already cracking jokes and teasing you for sure! Until we meet again, put in a good word for those who are left down here❤


Posted by Fran Blackler - Venice, FL - Family   April 09, 2020

You will be in our memories forever Glady. You were fun and a joy to be around. Rest in peace and thankyou for letting us be part of your life.
Love Mike, Michelle, Jason and Michaela Coye

Posted by Michelle Coye - Billerica, MA - Family Friend   April 08, 2020

Gladys, was a pleasure meeting you♥ Mary, always shared her love of you with me. Smiles. Seeing you at Tim's birthday party, and sharing a drink with you, so fun. You sharing your love of family and Florida, priceless. Loved your spunky ways. Knew I fit in, because I can be too. Thanks for coming into my life. God bless you and your family

Posted by Patricia and Jim Crosby - New Bedford, MA - Acquaintance   April 08, 2020

Dear Diane, John and Frank
Gladys was one of my best friends. I loved her and appreciated her advice and her unique way of looking at life and it's challenges. She was kind smart strong and so very funny. My life was richer and more meaningful because of Gladys.
I will miss her and love her forever

Posted by Mary O'Mullane - Bradford, MA - Friend   April 08, 2020

You will be in our hearts forever.

Posted by Donna & Bob Helpin - Naples, FL - Friend   April 08, 2020

Will miss my pal.

Posted by Ann Wright - Naple, FL - Friend   April 08, 2020

My most sincere condolences to you all

Posted by Suzanne Murray - Merrimack, NH - Family Friend   April 08, 2020

John and I are praying for peace and comfort. We will never forget what an awesome women she was.

Posted by Pasha Plumley - Borger, TX - Family Friend   April 08, 2020

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Gladys overnight in Bradford September 2019 Breakfast with leftovers