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Charlotte Murray, 80, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett after a long illness.
She was born in Bellingham, and raised on a dairy farm in Ferndale where she graduated from high school in 1958. After attending WSU for two years, she completed a degree in Mathematics at Western Washington University in 1962. By then she was married to Richard Bailey, and they had a daughter, Stephanie.
The family moved to Los Angeles where Charlotte began her career in telecommunications at Pacific Bell. She also took graduate courses in Mathematics at UCLA and UC Davis. When the family returned to the Northwest, Charlotte went to work at Pacific Northwest Bell before moving on to GTE Northwest in Everett where she spent the majority of her career. She was almost always the first woman to hold the management job to which she was promoted.
Her marriage to Bailey ended after 19 years. When given an opportunity to take an early retirement package at age 48, Charlotte did a mid-life pivot and enrolled at the University of Washington where she earned a BFA and an MFA in Photography. After that she worked for five years at the UW Medical Center creating computer animations for teaching software.
When she retired this time, she put her energy toward her interests in gardening, travel, tap dancing, piano, photography, and creating handmade artist books. Her photography and books are in the special collections of several universities across the U.S.
Charlotte is survived by her longtime partner, John, by her daughter Stephanie (Mike), her granddaughter Ebie (Daylen and their son, Camden), her grandson, Murray, her sister, Verna, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Any donations made in her memory to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration will be greatly appreciated.
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