On December 6, 2022, CLARA MAE MILTON MURDOCK reached out to take the hand of her heavenly Father. She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Caroline Russ Milton, her father Foy Cowen Milton, husband Cary Mack Murdock, daughter Marilyn Murdock Walderns, and sisters Ruby Wells and Hazel Clements.
Survivors are her son Michael Cary Murdock (wife Rebecca) and her five grandchildren: Grant Murdock (wife Rebekah), Hannah Murdock (partner Melanie), Laura Walderns Kirk (husband Jason), Karen Walderns King (husband Mike), and Emily Walderns Kennedy. These loved ones extend to six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was born on January 6, 1930, in the Fourche community in rural Arkansas. At 12, her family moved to Orion, AR. She graduated from Sheridan Arkansas High School in 1947 and married Cary Murdock soon thereafter. She had two children and was a homemaker for 11 years, until she went to beauty school in Little Rock and was a hair stylist for more than 20 years. Following the death of her husband in 1992, she moved to Denton, Texas, in 1998 to be closer to her son and his family. She became very involved in her church home of Highland Baptist Church—especially the Friendship Sunday School class, the Denton Senior Center, and with her large network of friends. She briefly moved with her family to Olympia, Washington, in 2009-2010. Then she returned to Denton and lived the rest of her life at Good Samaritan Village Denton, where she had many friends, and the last year at Brookdale Senior Living.
Her remembrance event is at 10 a.m., December 14, 2022, at Grace Church East End in Hensley, AR. Cremation services entrusted to Gateway Funerals and Cremations, Dallas, TX.
The family requests that instead of sending flowers, donations may be made in Clara’s memory to her church, Highland Baptist Church (https://tinyurl.com/HighlandBaptistDenton, 600 Thomas St, Denton, TX 76201), and/or to Texas Talking Books for the Blind (https://tinyurl.com/TexasLibrary).