Murray, Koren Lizete - Peacefully without pain on Friday April 2, 2021 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital after a fierce 4 month battle with unexpected advanced breast cancer at age 50. Koren (aka Kory), beloved wife of Don Murray for 16 busy years and the dedicated loving mother of their 3 daughters Mckenna, Victoria, and Rachel (plus Jax the rescued covid wonder dog). Loved daughter of Ieva Risk and Jim Risk. Sister of Robert and his wife Alba. Reunited with her late sister Kristina (also April 2, of 2008). Koren enjoyed a special connection with her spirited "Granny" Velta Vilsons (2018 at the age of 98), Aunt and Uncle Inga and Bill Hellings, and close family friends Dr. Karol Matthews and John Brants. Daughter-in-law of Lou Murray (the late Norma Murray, 1997) and his wife Trudy Cameron. Sister-in-law of Kerri and Dennis Aarts and Aunt to Avery and Trevor.
Koren will be fondly remembered by her family, close friends, neighbours, students, and work colleagues for her adventuresome spirit, determined work ethic, independence, and constant pursuit of youthful fun. Koren was an all-star Mother, daughter, sister and spouse - providing leadership and loving support to all. She was deeply proud of her daughters and instilled in them her love of adventures big and small, reading (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc), board games, arts and crafts at the cottage (and the Alliston Potato Festival), running, education, animals, extra-curricular activities, and giving back to the community. Koren so enjoyed growing up in the heart of Toronto with the tight Collier Street bonds while keeping busy playing many sports including soccer, ringette, and competitive swimming. She adored rescuing and fostering animals from the Toronto Humane Society. After graduation from Northern High School, Koren earned an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Guelph while working with troubled youth and lifeguarding. Upon graduation, her adventuresome spirit took her on her own to Japan for a year to teach English and climb mountain peaks. She then moved to the Caribbean to work as a youth counsellor for Premier Cruise Line, which was the official Disney cruise line at the time. That adventure took her to ports of call all over the Americas and Europe. She was quickly promoted up through the ranks during her 6 years there, becoming an officer on ship and then leading the youth programs for the cruise line from head office on land in Florida. The cruise line closed down, so Koren decided to return to Canada to earn her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. While waiting for the fall school year to start, Koren worked as a flight attendant for Roots Air/Skyservice to get in a few more months of adventure travel. Upon graduation from U of T, Koren was hired on the spot during her very first school board interview. She was offered a full time elementary teacher position in Georgetown, which she and fiancé Don had to look up on a paper map to discover its peaceful and welcoming location. Koren worked full-time at George Kennedy Public School and later as a part-time teacher at Harrison Public School. She helped lead student teams to Battle of the Books championships, and supported cross-country and relay teams, school concerts, choir, and food drives. She taught in every classroom from K-5 at Harrison and positively touched the lives of so many children. She also spent time as a local Girl Guide leader, supporting her children's sports and activities, and collecting donations for the Upper Credit Humane society. Koren's favourite memories were the many adventures and special times experienced with her 3 daughters, husband Don, and close family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Carson and the team at Sinclair Medical Associates, Dr. Iskander and the team at Georgetown Hospital, Dr. Herman and the oncology team of highly skilled nurses at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Dr. McGowan and the oncology team at Credit Valley Hospital, and the Oakville Chapter of Wellspring.
Due to covid restrictions, a small private celebration of Koren's life will be held in the Jones Funeral Home chapel. A lively celebration of a life fully lived will be scheduled when large festive parties return to their prior glory.
Any tax-deductible memorial contributions would be appreciated to The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children (see http://www.grievingchildrenlighthouse.org/index.php, then click Donate, then click Memorial Donation), Upper Credit Humane Society (see https://uppercredit.com/, then click Donate Now), or any worthy cancer charity of your choice.