Doris Lee Murrell


Doris Lee Halliburton Murrell, 84, of Elm Mott, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 20, 2023.

Visitation: 5 to 7PM Thursday, March 30 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral Services: 1PM Friday, March 31 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Evans Chapel in Perry.

Mrs. Doris Lee (Haliburton) Murrell, the daughter of the late Richard & Letha Haliburton was born March 28, 1938 in Elm Mott. Doris was the first born of six siblings; she was a daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. She attended Chalk Bluff Elementary and graduated from Dunbar High School in West. Doris also attended McLennan Community College where she earned certifications for Nurse’s Aide and Early Childhood Education.

She married Nathaniel Murrell, Sr. on March 21, 1958.  To this union, seven children were born.

Sis. Murrell loved God and gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was affiliated with Bush Chapel CPCA, Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Love Walk Baptist Church, and New Horizon Baptist Church. During her Christian journey she held offices such as President of Mission, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor’s Aide President, and Kitchen and Decorating Committee Chairs.

In addition to spending time with the Lord during her daily “me time”, Doris worked and volunteered with Caritas of Waco, worked as an Election Judge, and held the positions of Vice President and Treasurer for the Dunbar Reunion Alumni Association.

She loved making tea cakes, canning pickles, sewing, watching Wheel of Fortune, and jamming to the oldies.

Her life, love, and legacy will live on in the cherished memories of her family, extended family, friends, classmates, former colleagues, and fellow parishioners.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; husband; sister-in-laws, Ruby Howlett, Clarsia Vaughns, Earline Jones, Leeanna Howlett, Dora Taylor, daughter, Eleanor “Suzette”; daughter-in-law, Lora Murrell; and granddaughter, Corajia “Cocoa” Joyner.

Survivors include her children, Nathaniel Murrell, Nathan (Sherry) Murrell, Natalie Turner, Arnetra (Thurman) Watson, Edwin (Patricia) Murrell, Arnissa (Jude) Amadi, and Reginald Jackson; sisters, Archie Durham, Bobbie Mitchell, Wanda Hall, Bettie Haliburton, Florine Haliburton, and Lorine Benn; twenty-three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; cousins; and friends.

The family would like to acknowledge a special Thank You to Cedar Hill Health Care Center and Three Oaks Hospice in Waxahachie.


Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Roderick S Hackworth

    My condolences to the family 💕 cousins be strong, I know the losses you’ve had in just a few weeks. 💕🙏🏾💕 RIHP

  2. Elroy & Sharon Daniel Hopwood

    Condolences and prayers to my cousins in the loss of Mrs. Doris, she was a loving person who loved her family unconditionally, most of all she loved the Lord. The memories of her life will always be with you. RIP 🙏

  3. Min Karen D Hackworth Height

    Praying God’s Peace, Comfort and Strength for the Family. Sending Much Love and Many Hugs ❤

  4. Elder Juno Haywood Tapp

    May the Holy Spirit hold & comfort your entire family, in the loss of your dearly devoted godly Mother. She will be forever loved, missed but never forgotten. Sincerely, Elder Juno Haywood Tapp, Atlanta GA.

  5. Reginald & Sherrie jackson

    So sorry for your loss we will pray for the family.She will be missed by so many 🙏 😢

  6. Michael Kelinske

    Sending you the strength and courage you need to face the days ahead without your mom/sister/grandparent and friend. Wonderful lady I’ve known since the 50’s.

  7. Randy & Denise (Niles) Ragsdale

    To the Murrell Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hold tight to your wonderful memories and let them put a smile on your face.

  8. Karyn Lenamond-Lewis

    Arnetra, Edwin, and families,
    I have fond memories of your Mom working with mine at the Elm Mott PTA. She was the sweetest lady. I am so sorry for your loss, and condolences and hugs from the Lenamonds. I know she is reunited with your Dad and singing with the Angels.

  9. Well, well, well! I don’t even know where to start when it come to my second mama ,”SIS DORIS MURRELL!” I DO KNOW THAT SHE WAS A DEDICATED CHILD OF GOD! I know that she loved all of her children, grand children, nieces, nephews, in laws, her pastor and I could go on and on. “I DO KNOW THAT SHE LOVED THE PRAYER LINE, ME, MY HUSBAND AND ALL OF THE PRAYER LINE MEMBERS!” Sis Doris was a one of a kind like no other, she never met a stranger that she could not talk to…………… I will miss our visits over there on Murrell Lane, I’ll miss our lunch dates where we talked about everything that we could think of. .”I’LL JUST PLAIN MISS HER. SOMETIMES OUR CONVERSATIONS WERE VERY LONG AND OTHER TIMES THEY WERE MEDIOCRE… To Nell and the other family members, she loved all of you tremendously. “LORD DID SHE LOVE COCO!” I had not met CoCo until I went to her beautiful services on Saturday, guess what????????? She was everything that Sis Doris said that she was, it was so befitting they left this earth together………….God has a way of doing things……… Well, I could talk all day and night about my second mom, but I guess I’ll stop…………I’ll never stop loving her and she will be embedded in my heart forever……. “SIS DORIS MURRELL, YOU , COCO, AND BROTHER MURRELL WALK OUT INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER YOU’RE ALL WHE THE LORD WANT YOU ALL TO BE………..TRAVEL THOSE STREETS OF GOLD AND JUST WALK AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY!” I LOVE YOU AMD MISS YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH…. NOW GOD IS SAYING TO YOU,”WELCOME HOME MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!” FAMILY, PLEASE BE BLESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Vernon W Howlett

    To the Murrell Family, sending our deepest condolences,our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grieving.

  11. Mary “Liz” Bickham

    💐🕊️I extend my deepest sympathies to this whole family and pray that God will comfort you all, give you strength and peace during this time. 🕊️ 💐

  12. Kristal Durham

    Rest in peace auntie. Love you! I will miss you.

  13. Pastor Larrye Weaver

    A Life well lived! Rest from your Labors
    You did well

  14. My condolences to the family.
    She was truly one of God’s best. A beautiful lady in all ways. May you all be blessed with beautiful memories. I know I have mine

    Prayers hugs and love

  15. Frederick Haliburton

    Rest in peace aunt Doris one of the strongest women I have ever known… next to Bigmama, full of love and compassion for our entire family. I am hurt by your passing but humbled and privileged to have had you as an influence on parts of my life and childhood. The fire that burned in your heart and soul will be missed but never forgot. I LOVE YOU! To my mom and all of my aunties, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends I’m truly sorry I could not be there with you, I love you and hope to see ya’ll soon.

    God Bless
    Frederick Haliburton

  16. Joseph Matthews

    Nathan, my prayers are with you and you family. May you and your family find peace through these difficult times. I never met your mother but she seemed to be a very lovely lady loved by all those that were blessed to meet and know her.

  17. Tammie Mitchell Tarver

    Family you are in My Thoughts and Prayers! I love the video, so many wonderful memories of Aunt Doris Fresno CA. visit. Much Love ❤️

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