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Mom's loving nature fueled philanthropic efforts

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Marie 'Dee' Murrin died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

Marie Murrin didn't discriminate in her dealings with people, her loved ones said.

“She met executives and people from all around the world — actors, politicians, you name it — and she treated them the same as she would treat the person she just met at the grocery store,” said Murrin's daughter, Jeanne Wilkinson of Austin. “She was just a friend to everybody.”

Marie “Dee” Murrin of McCandless died of natural causes Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She was 83.

Mrs. Murrin was a loving mother of eight who valued the philanthropic work she and her husband did in the Pittsburgh area, Wilkinson said.

Mrs. Murrin was born Nov. 10, 1929, in New York to Joseph Coyne and Kathleen Monaghan, natives of Ireland.

She graduated from Cathedral High School in New York in 1947, and married Thomas J. Murrin in 1951. After living in several cities, including Sharon, Athens, Ga., and Geneva, Switzerland, the Murrin family moved to the Pittsburgh area around 1964, Wilkinson said.

Mrs. Murrin was a gracious hostess who often interacted with foreign and American dignitaries because of her husband's work as a dean of the business school at Duquesne University and as a Westinghouse Electric Co. executive.

Still, she remained true to herself, Wilkinson said. “She never forgot where she came from.”

McCandless resident Paul Messina and his wife became close friends with the Murrins about 50 years ago.

“She's always been very kind and pleasant to be around. … She's like one of a kind,” Messina said.

She was the fundraising chair for the neonatal unit at Uptown-based Mercy Hospital, which is now UPMC Mercy, in the 1980s. She and her husband financially supported numerous charities, leading to their receiving the Cor Unum Award from Duquesne University in 2003.

Mrs. Murrin liked playing bingo, watching movies and Pittsburgh professional sports, and solving New York Times crossword puzzles, her family said.

In addition to her daughter, Jeanne, Mrs. Murrin is survived by seven children, Kathleen Baldinger of Glenshaw, Mary Murrin Lampl of Hampton; Cecilia Minnock of McCandless; Theresa Murrin of Mars; Heidi Murrin of Baden, a photographer with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Thomas Murrin of Mars; and Claire Hudac of Mars; a sister, Kathleen Hurley of New York; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Murrin was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Murrin.

Viewing services will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Highway, Ross. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Sebastian Parish, 311 Siebert Road, Ross.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make donations to the Promise Fulfilled Campaign for St. Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Highway, McCandless.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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