Carol Murray

Carol smiles, looking like she is laughing. She wears a blue sweater in front of a Christmas tree.

Carol Murray, age 85, of Fairbank, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank. Visitation times were held on Sunday from 3 – 6 p.m. at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment will be at a later date in the Olena Mound Cemetery in Buffalo Center.

Carol was born on December 2, 1935 in Oelwein, the daughter of Delbert and Frances (Dresbach) Haverkamp. Carol attended and graduated from Fairbank High School. After graduation, she furthered her education at Upper Iowa University in Fayette by getting her degree in education. Carol first taught in Waukon, Buffalo Center, and the Rake School Districts. Also during that time, she went back to Upper Iowa to get her four year degree and graduated with honors.

She married Charles “Chuck” Murray on October 24, 1964 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank. Carol and Chuck first lived in the Buffalo Center area for eight years and then moved to Fairbank in 1972. Carol was active in the church serving as the music leader for many years, and she was also a member of the Fairbank American Legion Auxiliary. Carol was an avid reader and spent countless hours at the Fairbank Library researching and keeping up on current events.

She is survived by three sons, Patrick (Emmanuelle) of Goose Creek, SC, Michael (Janelle) of Buffalo Center, and Thomas (Melissa) of Marion; four grandchildren, Victoria Beck, Justin Murray, Rebecca Murray (Leo Kruse) and Tyler Murray; three step-grandchildren, Ben Newman, Kennith Hunt, and Madeline Hunt; two sisters, June (Bob) Swenson and Gail (David) Judisch; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Murray and Beverly Mathison; along with many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a stillborn son, Mark Todd.

Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Valley Hospice, or the family. Online condolences may be left at




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