Beatarice Sarah Murday
Beatarice Sarah Murday
Beatrice Sarah Murday, who served for many years as director of religious education in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon, died March 14 at age 101.

Funeral services will be held March 22-23 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 424 Lincoln Ave. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. March 22. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. March 23. Due to the current executive orders, all gatherings must follow capacity limitations and guests must wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Mrs. Murday was born in Trenton, in 1919, and lived there until she married her husband, Stanley James Murday in 1941.

As a military family, they moved around the country and overseas, while raising 12 children. Upon her husband's retirement in 1972, the family settled in Avon, and Mrs. Murday became involved in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish (now part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Bradley Beach) where she dedicated herself to fostering the Catholic faith in children and serving the needs of others less fortunate.

Along with her role as the director of the religious education program, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for more than 80 years and the Altar Rosary Society in which she helped with planning and participating in monthly Masses and prayer services at local nursing homes, and coordinating Christmas gift donations of Christmas gifts for the residents. With the support and generosity of the parish community, she collected food and toys for families in the area that were in need. She was a supporter of Madonna House, Neptune, and the Mercy Center, Asbury Park.

In 2016, she was honored with a Champion for Life Award by Mary’s Pro-Life Ministry, in recognition of her defense of all human life. In the Avon community, she also served on the library board for many years.

Mrs. Murday was predeceased by her husband, Colonel Stanley James Murday; a granddaughter and great-grandson. She is survived by her children: James, Kathleen, Robert, Patricia, Thomas, Richard, David, Susan, Judith, Linda, Donald and Michael and their spouses; 29 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, numerous extended family and friends.

Committal will follow the funeral Mass at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society or Mercy Center, 1106 Main Street, Asbury Park, N.J. 07712.