Merle Olivia Pittman Murray-Hobbs, 79, retired nurse

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WILMINGTON — Merle Olivia Pittman Murray-Hobbs of Wilmington passed away Monday,
Oct. 31, 2016.

Merle was born in May 11, 1937, to James Garfield Pittman and Olivia Louise Armstrong Pittman of Rocky Mount, N.C. Merle always cared for others so it was only natural for her to want to become a nurse.

Merle graduated from James Walker Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, N.C. and continued her education by obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Nursing Administration at Georgia Tech University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

She spent most of her career at New Hanover Medical Center. She was involved with the start of the birthing center, Nursing Floor Supervisor and Head of Emergency Room Nursing. After retirement, Merle spent several years with the local Medac Urgent Care organization.

Talented in music, she sang in various church choirs and played the organ for several local churches. Often she played the intro music for the local WECT-TV Jim Burns show. She was a member of Saint Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 46 years Elmer Bradford Murray Jr; sister Vicky Pittman Atkins; her second husband of 9 years Roy Houston Hobbs of Wilmington.

Merle is survived by her brothers Jerry Pittman, wife Sherri of Holden Beach, N.C., Johnny Pittman, wife Peggy of Fuquay Varina, N.C., son Elmer Bradford Murray III, wife Leigh and granddaughter, Olivia Grace Murray of Wilmington.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends are welcome at the home of Brad and Leigh Murray.

Many thanks to the staff of NHRMC and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lower Caper Fear Hospice Life Care Center of Wilmington.