Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - July 26, 2013

Deaths

JoAnn Murray

JoAnn Murray died on July 13. Born on Aug. 18, 1939, she was raised in Wisconsin. After attending the University of Wisconsin, she moved to California where she met and married her husband and best friend, Roger Murray. She worked for many years for the Palo Alto Times. She and her husband moved to downtown Palo Alto in 1980, where she owned and operated McMillan Coffee Company for 15 years. She is survived by her husband of 50 years and his three children.

Per her request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, she and her family prefer that donations are given to the charity of your choosing.

Mona Ruth Miller

Mona Ruth Miller (Jablow) was a resident of Palo Alto since 1953. She was born in Chelsea, Mass., in 1925. Raised in Cambridge, Mass., she graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1943. She attended multiple colleges, from Simmons College and Northeastern University, to Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges.

She met her husband, Jack, at M.I.T. where she was working in a lab. They were married for almost 55 years before Jack's death in 1999.

She was a community worker, at first involved in her children's activities — PTA boards at Ross Road and Van Auken — as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities.

She was a member of Avenidas Senior Center for many years. She also helped establish Avenidas Village, an organization that assists seniors who wish to "age in place" in their homes — which she was able to do — and she used that service until she was 86. She was a member of Friends of the Palo Alto Library, working at book sales in earlier years. She was also a member of the Palo Alto Historical Association and an active member at Palo Alto Unitarian Church (member of board as well as teaching).

She is survived by her son, Alan Miller of Davis; her daughter Sharane Miller of Baltimore, Md.; granddaughter Jenelle Gaultney and great-grand-children Taegan, Evan and Kyle of Grants, N.M.; also many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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