Marion A. Murren
04/19/1934 - 11/05/2015

Marion Ann (Sprenkle) Murren, 81, died Thursday evening, November 5, 2015, at her home, surrounded by loving members of the three generations she leaves behind. She was the wife of the late Thomas R. Murren, whom she married almost six months to the day after they met in 1952. He died December 7, 2013, after they had shared 61 years of marriage, nine children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, lots of laughter and good travels, arguments and frustrations, heartaches and joy. Marion was born in Menges Mills, York County, Pa., on April 19, 1934, the oldest child of Willis E. and Kathryn (Jacobs) Sprenkle. She was a 1952 graduate of West York High School. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in McSherrystown, where she sang on the choir for many years, and had been a longtime member of the Hanover Chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). Marion loved people and made friends wherever she went. She welcomed and loved all the friends her kids brought home. Always room for one more at the dinner table. Always OK to invite friends who would get “snowed in” with the family. A house full of people made her happy. She did not always love being a farmer’s wife, had once sworn she would never marry a farmer. But she loved her farmer. So she fed the farmhands after a long day, she drove the hay baler when needed – at least until the kids were old enough to take over – and she supported six decades of 4-H meetings and fairs. From her grandfather and dad, she inherited wanderlust, never passing up a chance to travel near and far. Over the years, she and Tom visited Hawaii, Australia and Alaska. They cruised the Mississippi and the St. Lawrence Seaway. They enjoyed great times at Notre Dame football games, quite a few “wine runs” to the Finger Lakes with dear friends, and searching out covered bridges in a dozen or so states. It was their tradition to take grandchildren, two at a time, along on their annual trips to Florida. Marion was also near legendary for her love of animals. Over the years, she raised keeshond dogs, and nurtured mutts, ferrets, bunnies and too many cats to count. She loved her family beyond all else. She is survived by seven children, Anthony J. Murren and wife, Joyce of McSherrystown, Angela R. Murren of Hanover, Wanda M. Murren and husband, Darrell F. Crabbs Sr. of Spring Grove, Terrence P. Murren and wife, Patricia of New Oxford, Ann R. Murren and companion, Steven Carroll of Kenneth City, Fla., Barbara J. Garman of Carlisle, and Peggy C. Clowney and husband, John of Gettysburg, 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Ralph “Jake” Sprenkle of Spring Grove and Thomas H. Sprenkle and wife Rose, of York New Salem, and many nieces and nephews and “adopted kids.” She never stopped mourning and missing her late daughters, Kathryn Murren Hippensteel and Susan Murren Roth, as well as three grandchildren, K. Benjamin Smith, April E. Clowney and Renee A. Clowney. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, at Annunciation Church in McSherrystown. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown, on Monday, November 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Adams County SPCA, 11 Goldenville Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

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Posted at:11/10/2015 5:05 pm
Greg and Jenny Gross -
You family has our deepest sympathy.

Posted at:11/09/2015 1:01 pm
Kay Black -
It was my honor and pleasure to get to know your mother. She was a wonderful loving, and caring lady Blessings and prayers for the Family and friends.

Posted at:06/24/2016 1:01 pm
Tom OHara -
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Marion. Tom & Barb O'Hara

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