Mona Lynette "Lynn" Murden passed away at home, where she wanted to be, on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at age 70, after battling pancreatic cancer for over 2 1⁄2 years.
Lynn was born in South Norfolk (now Chesapeake), Virginia. Her family nicknamed her "Susie". After working at KFC as a teenager, she worked in banking, and later as a legal assistant at real estate attorney and mortgage companies in the Raleigh area in North Carolina for many years. She married Jimmy Murden in 1994, and settled in Clayton, NC. She had her only child, Zachary, two years later when she was 44 years old, and became a devoted mother and homemaker.
In 2010, she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Through radical surgery by Dr. Monica Jones and chemotherapy by Dr. Alan Kritz and team at the former Cancer Centers of North Carolina, the Lord blessed her with healing and continued remission against the odds, and she continued living a normal life. In 2019, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which was determined to be unrelated. Dr. Kritz and team at UNC Rex provided her treatment, and the Lord blessed her with longer-than-average survival until His appointed time to take her home.
Lynn enjoyed most being a stay-at-home mother to her son, taking care of her household and her cats and fish, and first and foremost growing in her knowledge of and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. She always loved animals, had a variety of pets over the years, and enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife. She was at peace with herself, her relationship with the Lord, and her knowledge that His will is best, and she expressed her readiness to go be with Him. The family is grateful to the Lord for our time with her and how He has used her to work in our lives, and she will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her youngest brother David, parents Robert and Ruby, stepfather Gleason, great nephew Zeus, and niece-in-law Bonnie. She is survived by her husband Jimmy and son Zachary; brother Randy (wife Barbara), sister Gail, nephew Wade, nieces Dara, Julie, and Lisa, and their families; and brother-in-law Michael (wife Lisa), sister-in-law Kelly, nieces-in-law Heather and Megan, and their families.
Per Lynn's wishes, there will not be a funeral service. The family requests that instead of sending flowers, please donate to one or more of the following organizations in memory of Lynn:
• Ligonier Ministries (www.ligonier.org)
• Grace to You (www.gty.org)
• Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org)
• Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research (lustgarten.org)
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