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Luella Annette (Whitney) Murch

July 8, 1929 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 91)



COLUMBUS -- Luella Annette Murch died peacefully of natural causes on August 20, 2020. 

She was born on July 8th, 1929, to Ernest C. and Louise Whitney in West Springfield, Pennsylvania.  She was the 7th child of 10 siblings.  

Luella attended Edinboro State College and Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology.  Later, at age 51 she completed a BS in Computer Science and MS in Library Science at the University of Maryland. 

At Penn State she met Robert Matthews Murch, and they were married on July 14, 1951.  Luella and Robert had 4 children whom she lovingly raised in Midland MI, Madison WI, and Ashton MD. In her professional life she rose to Director at a Nursery school, and Director of  the Computer Science Library at the University of Maryland.  She and Bob retired to Columbus North Carolina where they were active in Habitat for Humanity, and the Thermal Belt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  She loved hiking and camping with family and was a dedicated member of the Carolina Ringers handbell choir.  Her final years were blessed by the loving community and staff of Tryon Estates Retirement Community. 

Luella is survived by her beloved sister Jane Trollier, her children Donald Whitney Murch (Sarah Hake), Margaret Ann Murch (Roger Burk), Bruce Prentiss Murch (Nancy), James William Murch, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Donations can be made to: Parkinson’s Foundation,, or Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, 8830 Cameron St. #201, Silver Spring, MD  20910; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 653, Tryon, NC 28782; Habitat for Humanity,, or Habitat for Humanity, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543.

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