Patricia Murray Chester, 77, died Oct. 4, 2014 in Berlin, Md. surrounded by her family.
Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Harry Earl Murray, Sr. and Virginia Dennis Murray. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Marvel Lee Hadder in 1991, and N. William “Bill” Chester in 2012.
She is survived by her children; Thomas S. Cropper, Jr. and his wife, Tina Pierce Cropper of Hebron; Virginia “Ginger” Jane C. Warren and her husband, James, of Berlin and Robert “Craig” (Big Bird) Cropper and his wife, Tammy Townsend Cropper of Powellville.
She was an adored grandmother to: Rebecca “Becky” Timmons and her husband Kevin; Brian Warren and his wife, Rachael; Thomas S. Cropper, III, Shannon Cropper and Patricia Mae Cropper; and great-grandchildren, David Warren and Coley Timmons.
She leaves two brothers, Harry Earl Murray, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Berlin, and John Dennis Murray of Berlin; nephews, Jonathan and Drew Murray; nieces, Holly M. Miller and Kelly M. Thompson; several great nieces and nephews and several cousins whom were so loved by Pat.
She is also remembered by all of her special friends too numerous to name.
She is survived by Thomas S. Cropper, Sr., father of her children.
Mrs. Chester was a graduate of Buckingham Elementary, and attended St. Mary’s College and Wor-Wic Community College. Pat was a co-owner of Cropper Oil Company as well as secretary and treasurer, and co-owner with her husband of Hadder Farms, and also co-owner with her husband Chester, Jr. Farm.
She was a member of the Farm Bureau, DPI, International Goat Association, Chincoteague and Paint Horse Association, AMSA, was a former member of Friendship United Methodist Church, Stevenson United Methodist Church, and present member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville, where she had taught Sunday school as well as bible study.
She had been a school bus driver, nurse’s aide for Leonardtown Hospital, and a scout leader for boys and girls.
A nature lover, she enjoyed raising goats and horses on her farm. Above all Pat loved her family and her vast circle of friends. She was just an “Ole Eastern Shore Gal.”
A funeral service was held on Oct. 8, 2014 at Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville. Interment followed in Dale Cemetery. Rev. Terry Fort and Rev. Dean Perdue officiated.
A donation in her memory may be made to Dale Cemetery Fund, C/O Frank Love, P.O. Box 15, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Whaleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Whaleyville, Md. 21872, or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.