Sonia Genevieve Murray was born on Thursday, March 17th 1954 in Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. She was the second of four daughters born to Gloria Nelson.
As a child, Sonia was known to her family as a crybaby. Because she was such a beautiful and loving child, her parents and extended family spoiled her. As a young child with a head full of hair, she never liked to have her hair combed. However, she loved playing with her dolls and her sisters. Sonia enjoyed her food, especially codfish cakes or fritters. Sonia also loved attending church; she was raised in the Christian faith at Bethel Gospel Assembly- Church of God in Kingston, Jamaica where she was a member of the youth choir.
Sonia was an outstanding student; she loved school. She attended Whitfield Town Primary School and later attended Tutorial Prep School for Middle School and high school scholars.
In 1970, at the age of 16, Sonia and her sisters migrated to the United States with her parents Gloria and Alfredo Nelson and lived in Queens New York. Sonia attended Andrew Jackson High School. After graduating, she attended college and obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education. This was no surprise because Sonia adored children. Unfortunately, she graduated during the great teacher’s strike in NYC so she never actually taught, but volunteered in hospitals and child care centers prior to changing her career.
Sonia was married on July 7, 1979. She later welcomed three loving children into this world. Sonia was a fun mom! Her children were her heart. When you walked into her home, it was always children centered. Vacationing with her babies brought her great joy. There was nothing that she would not do to make their lives healthy, happy and successful.
Sonia worked at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City for over 16 years. She was assigned to the medical and psychiatric unit as a nurse tech. Due to her loving nature, the patients responded very well to her. When patients were in crisis, they called for Jenny. During those years, she also made many lifelong friends.
Sonia had the gift of shopping. She sniffed out a bargain. Sonia could leave home with with $30.00 and return with $300.00 worth of merchandise, saying,”Look what I got for $30.00.”or “Guess how much I paid?” She especially enjoyed her bargains at thrift shops and antique shops. Additionally, she loved bus trips to casinos, and cruising with her close friends and family.
Sonia absolutely adored pets; especially her dogs: Rambo, Grisly, Coal, and Paris. They gave her comfort and joy. They were her fur babies. She was never able to pass a pet; she ran to them and they ran to her.
In 1998 Sonia relocated to Port ST. Lucie, Florida with her mother and children. Over the years, they have formed relationships with new friends and neighbors who have grown to become family. Among them are her Treasure Coast Church of God family led by Pastor Ray Franklin.
Among Sonia’s greatest loves are her 4 grandchildren. She beams with pride at the mention of their names and showers them with all a grandma has to give. She truly cherished her grandchildren. While Sonia has great affection for all of her family and friends. She had an angel here on earth; her mother. Sonia cherished her mother. They were not just mother and daughter, but wonderful friends and companions. We, her family are eternally grateful for the sacrifices Sonia made by living with our mom and grandma after our dad passed in 1992. She made certain that mama was never lonely and they enriched each other’s live for an additional 31 years. We thank you Sonia.
Early morning on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Sonia slipped and fell. She went to the hospital with the expectation of returning home after being evaluated. To our great surprise, the family was contacted after 3:00 am on January 26, 2023 and informed that Sonia took a turn for the worse. After 3 days, on January 29th, 2023, Jesus called Sonia home. Now she will have no suffering, pain or sorrows. Our beloved Sonia lived life with joy and an abundance of love and kindness towards others. So much so, that without our knowledge, she fulfilled her ultimate gift to man by becoming an organ donor to safe a life. That is a testament to who she was! So, while we are saddened and heartbroken because of her passing, we know that she is in a better place. Another angel has been born and her name is Sonia.
Sonia was preceded in death by her dad, Alfredo, grandparents, Mae and Leila, aunts, Myrna, Glenna and Fay and uncles, Ivan, Raymond, Lancelot, Carman, Osmond and Dudley. Sonia is survived by her Mother, Gloria Nelson, Children: Alexander Murray (Jodi), Leon Murray, and Genevieve Murray. Sisters: Beverly Parkes(Dermot), Delrose Sagaff (Mohammad) and Andrea Belcher (Albert) Grandchildren: Avery, Leron, Leah and Gabrielle Murray. She also leaves a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will be missed beyond measure. Rest in peace Sonia; you will live in our hearts forever.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday February 8, 2023 from 10AM to 11AM with a service to begin at 11AM at the Haisley Funeral and Cremation Services Tribute Center 2041 SW Bayshore Blvd Port St. Lucie, FL 34984. Burial will follow at Rolling Oaks Cemetery.