Charlotte Lavina 'Grams' Murdoch


Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Longtime Alaska resident Charlotte Lavina "Grams" Murdoch died at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Thursday, March 27, 2003, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 80.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Anchorage on Sunday, April 13, and in Soldotna at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at VFW Post No. 10046.

Mrs. Murdoch was born in Leonard, N.D., in 1923. She was raised on a farm and later taught school in a nearby, one-room schoolhouse before moving to Renton, Wash., where she worked for Boeing.

She married Jimmy Murdoch in Renton in 1946. They moved to Alaska in 1949, where he continued his coal mining career in the Jonesville mine in Sutton, while she worked on a nearby potato farm. They later moved to Anchorage, where Mr. Murdoch died in 1992.

Mrs. Murdoch moved to Soldotna in 1998. She was diagnosed with cancer in December and endured her illness largely at home while carrying out her daily routine of cooking and crosswords.

"Known as 'Grams' to family and friends, she is dearly remembered for her kind heart and unconditional love and support of family and friends," her family said.

She is preceded in death by husband, Craig James "Jimmy" Murdoch, daughter, Claudia Jean Alcock, and sisters, Marcy Unsderfer and Harriet Grandgard.

Mrs. Murdoch is survived by a daughter, Colleen H. Asuchak; son, John R. Murdoch and wife, Pamela; sister, Phyllis Braaten; and grandchildren, Joe Asuchak Jr., Rosalie Driscoll, Craig Asuchak, Angela Asuchak, Daniel Asuchak, Tara Barndt and husband, James, Chad Murdoch, Rex Alcock and Laurie Alcock; granddaughter, Randi-Dawn May; and great-grandson, Adam Driscoll.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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