Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Mary E. McMurry, 68

Wellsville, NY – Mary E. McMurray, 68, of 3285 Riverside Drive, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 28, 2022. She was born February 24, 1954 in St. Mary’s, PA the daughter of the late James H. and Rita C. (Mullaney) McMurray. 

Mary was raised in St. Mary’s, PA and was a 1972 graduate of Elk County Christian High School. That same year, she married John Samick and she had her first two daughters, Sharon Lee and Christy Lynn. In 1980, Mary moved to New York and later had a daughter, Rhiannon and a son, Nathan. Mary enrolled in the Nursing Program at Alfred State College, but due to a tragic car accident in 1990, that left her disabled, she spent the rest of her life taking care of her children and helped to raise her grandchildren. Mary cared deeply about the ones she loved. She enjoyed caring for those in need since an early age as a candy striper (what initially inspired her desire to become a nurse). She had a one of a kind laugh, enjoyed gatherings with friends, and loved music, and cats. She was loyal to her family and had a heart of gold. She often invited those without family to the Thanksgiving table to share a meal and a laugh. She was a devoted mother, proud grandmother and loving sister. 

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Nye, Christy Samick, and Rhiannon (Robert) Babbitt, all of Wellsville; six grandchildren, Brandon M. (Brandon) Nye, Jacob T. Nye, Sage T. Bundy, Reese C. Babbitt, Raegan E. Babbitt, and Roslyn P. Babbitt; four siblings, Patrick McMurray of Pittsburgh, John (Paula) McMurray of St. Mary’s, Margie Lioce of Wellsville, and Donald Gilliland of Ellisburg, PA, three nieces, Missy, Michelle, and Melanie, one nephew, Justin, and a great niece, Cali. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: her son, Nathan McMurray; and three brothers Mike, Joe, and Tom McMurray. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 4, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 8:00 pm. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19 Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks with the news of Mary's passing, she was one of the sweetest people I knew. She was always so kind and whenever we would talk she always made me smile. She will be missed dearly. Love, Sheila Kemp

  2. Christine Tucker HabichtNovember 2, 2022 at 7:32 PM

    Very sorry for your loss Margie…prayers for you and your family 🙏🙏🙏