COLUMBIA — Wendy Murray was guided by compassion.
During her college years, she worked at MU's Student Parent Center, a care center for children of students, faculty and staff. She loved working with children, especially babies, and began working as a nanny for a child with significant health issues when she was 10. She later raised four children of her own.
"She was compassionate, caring and loving," her son Elliott said. "She always knew how to make things better."
Wendy Ellen (Lutz) Murray died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 of heart complications. She was 43.
Mrs. Murray was born on June 10, 1969 in Webster Groves to John and Barbara Lutz. She later moved to Columbia, where she attended MU, majoring in child development.
She met Bob Murray after her sister set them up on a blind date. They got married on Dec. 27, 1992.
"She was a wonderful wife," Murray said. "She was a very special person. She had so many different talents. She was kind, loving, selfless and hardworking."
Mrs. Murray enjoyed reading, spending time outdoors, traveling, and gardening. She was a Girl Scouts troop leader and served as co-president of the Grant Elementary School Parent Teacher Association for a year.
She spent most of her time, however, taking care of her four children.
"She was a fierce supporter of her children and very caring," her friend Julie Davis said. "She expected the good out of everyone and that's what she saw."
She also spent a lot of time taking care of her good friend, Linda Currier, when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. "Wendy had a gift. She put a lot of difficult moments into perspective and was always positive and upbeat," Linda's husband, Michael Currier, said. "Every day was a celebration."
Mrs. Murray is survived by her husband, Bob Murray, of Columbia; four children, Benjamin, Sophia, Elliott, and Jacob, of Columbia; siblings Steven Lutz, of Webster Groves, and Jennifer Lutz-Bauer, of Columbia; and her parents, John and Barbara Lutz, of St. Louis.
Service dates will be announced at a later date.