February 8, 2018
Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Barron Murray Gates, 82, of Marysville, formerly of Big Bear Lake, California, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Beth will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who always took care of her family and those around her. A native of Los Angeles, she married and raised five children in California, for many years as a single parent. Never one to sit still, she worked full time at Wavecom in Northridge, California as a purchasing agent, and was a longtime member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Beth was a member of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (L.G.A.R.) and served for many years as secretary and President of the L.G.A.R. Department of California. Retired and relocating from Big Bear Lake, CA, Beth moved to Marysville to spend time with her grandsons James and Chris Murray, her son Brian and his wife Gwen, and to be closer to her daughter Val and her husband Tom in Michigan. She worked at Walmart, was a member of Walmart Survivors Club, and especially enjoyed Union County’s covered bridges. She was an avid reader, one of the original members of the Third Monday Book Club, and enjoyed the Women’s Fortnightly Club, along with volunteering at the library. Beth enjoyed traveling the U.S., Mexico and Canada with her late husband, Larry. Larry was a tour bus company owner and driver, and together Beth and Larry ran Big Bear Taxi Service for many years. They often included family visits in their trips, journeying to Arizona to see Beth’s son Tim, wife Jan and son Eric, and to Virginia to see daughter Karen and her boys, Tim, JJ and David, and great grandson Liam, along with stops in Ohio and Michigan. She was born January 28, 1936 in Los Angeles to the late Gerald and Winifred Barron, and was also predeceased by her husband, Larry Gates; and a brother, Gary Barron. She is survived by her children, Valerie (Thomas) Hughes of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Karen Naginey-Ralston of Marysville, Ohio, Brian (Gwen) Murray of Marysville, Tim (Jan) Murray of Anthem, Arizona, and Colleen (Jeff) Barrette of Big Bear City, California; grandchildren, Tim, Jonathan, David, James, Chris, Eric, Reanne and Geena; a great grandson, Liam, Ethan, Owen and Eli; a brother, Greg Barron of Ventura, California, and a sister, Cindy Barron, and many other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2108 at Marysville Grace Church, 17240 Amrine Wood Road, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is assisting the family. Memorial Contributions may be made to LGAR. Checks should be made out to “LGAR Dept. CA Mem. Home” and send checks to MARY COLE, Department Secretary, 110 Oriole Circle, Novato, California 94949. Mary may be contacted at 415 924-4040 for any additional questions. Condolences may be expressed to the family by clicking the condolences tab above.
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