July 10, 1931 – Feb 19, 2024

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Mildred Margaret Masur Murray, formerly of Lockhart.  Mildred Masur Murray, who resided in Modesto, CA, at the time of her passing, was born in Lockhart TX on July 10,1931 to Arthur and Mildred Masur.  She passed away into God’s care at her home in Modesto on February 19,2024 at the age of 92.  She is survived by her two children Scott Michael and Teresa Lynn.  She fought a long hard battle with dementia which took away many of her memories toward the end.  But she had become a true child of God, “an angel in waiting”, while in the loving care of her son and daughter that allowed her to live her final years in her own home.  And now, she really is “an angel”, with all her memories back, and in the loving care of God.  She wanted so badly to see her mom and dad these last few years – forgetting and not understanding that they had passed on many years before.  And now she is with them again happily in eternity.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Donald, her sister Norma and two brothers, Arthur Jr. and Paul, all whom she is now with again as well.

Mildred grew up in Lockhart, graduating from Lockhart HS in 1949 and living there until she married a high school football coach and teacher, Donald Murray in Lockhart on Aug. 1, 1954.  They eventually had their two children, living mostly in San Antonio and Hallettsville TX until moving to Modesto, CA, in August of 1963 when her husband Donald accepted a new school teaching job there.  They bought a house in Modesto and Mildred had lived in it ever since – for 60 and a half years. She truly loved her home and yard – where she spent many hours gardening until she was no longer physically able to do so.  Her husband Donald passed away in November of 1990 and she continued to live alone until her son retired and moved back in to take care of her as she started her decline with health issues which eventually included dementia.

Mildred was kindhearted, warm, and a generous and loving, caring person – and mother – all her life.  She was loved by everyone blessed enough to get to know her.  She loved holidays and Christmas – collecting lots of Christmas ornaments and memorabilia to decorate with.

She loved to travel as well.  She was happy to tell you that she had visited all 50 states.  Some with her husband and children before he passed away and the rest with her children after.  Her son took her to Europe on 4 separate trips. To England, Germany, Italy and France.  And there were many road trips driving back and forth from California to visit the Texas relatives over the years.  She still loved getting out of the house and going for long drives with her son until the very end.  Frequent drives west to see the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco and the Golden Gate, the blossoms and green hills in the springtime, the mountains to the east, and everywhere in between.

There is a very deep hole in the hearts of all who loved her, and she will be forever missed.  A void that can never be fully filled until we can see her once again in Heaven.  She had a wonderful infectious smile and despite her dementia and health issues, she remained the same warm, gentle, caring and loving soul she had always been.

Private services were held March 11th at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Modesto and March 14th at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home Chapel, Modesto, followed by private burial at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Modesto. 

May she rest in peace and welcome us to Heaven when it’s our time to pass.

A Tribute page and video can be seen on the Franklin and Downs Modesto website’s Tribute page – or go directly to


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