Muriel Ketay

Muriel Ketay

Monday, October 22nd, 1934 - Monday, December 21st, 2020
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Muriel Maskowsky Ketay, age 86, of Concord passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2020.

Muriel was born October 22, 1934 in New York, NY, a daughter of the late David and Anna Sirlin Maskowsky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert N. Ketay.

Muriel grew up in Torrington, CT and graduated from the Hartford Institute of Accounting. She worked as an accountant with Aetna before moving to Red Hook, NY with Bob. Muriel loved her dogs and growing flowers, winning Best in Show for both.
Muriel and her husband moved to Concord in 1980, where she became involved in her community. She was a volunteer for over 30 years for the Red Cross, which she called “her pride and joy.” Muriel received numerous awards for her outstanding service, such as the Shining Star, outstanding administrative volunteer award, certificate of appreciation in support of disaster response for Hurricane Katrina, and many others. She also volunteered with the Cabarrus County Senior Center and the Cooperative Extension Service. Muriel was a sweet and giving woman who devoted her time to helping others in need.

Muriel is survived by her sister Leah Kaplan, her three nieces and their husbands and children, and her sister-in-law Lottie Hoffman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region, 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Muriel will be laid to rest with her husband at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC.
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 9:00am
    National Cemetery
    501 Statesville Blvd.
    SALISBURY, NC 28144
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Ashlie Hancock

Posted at 03:07pm
Oh my goodness, I’m just now seeing this. I’m so sorry to hear about Muriel & Bob. They lived across the street from my mom & stepdad-Frank & Doris Borders. I have so many wonderful memories of them both. From visiting, dinners, celebrations, etc. Bob would come over & talk with Frank for hours, always help my mom after Frank passed away. His sister Lottie even drew a picture of them together & his dog Savannah. Muriel would come over to visit almost every other day. My mom & stepdad truly enjoyed their friendship. I will always remember Muriel coming over to hug me right before my mom went to hospice. She knew my mom wasn’t coming back home & we cried together. She was such a support to me then. I loved Bob & Muriel for being so kind to my family all those years. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know I’m thinking & praying for your family.
Sincerely, Ashlie Hancock

Alanna Munoz Posted at 12:36am

Thank you for sharing these lovely memories

Nancy Litton

Posted at 07:31am
Muriel was the BEST, she was a true friend and someone I considered family. And she felt similarly of me -- my daughter and our 'monster dog' Kya. Muriel was the first Red Cross person I met when I arrived in Cabarrus County. She heart was so big -- she brought all those around her into her world. While at the Red Cross she had many 'jobs' including our Wednesday morning administrative volunteer; Canteen volunteer for the VIP Blood Drive at First Presbyterian Church, Concord; Health & Safety Volunteer for Babysitting Classes, and much much more. I know she gave her time to other agencies -- BUT the Red Cross called her our own! The loss of her beloved husband, Bob, this spring was a tremendous sorrow for her - and we have all missed being by her side during this pandemic. I will always remember her perfect blue eyes and her consistency of concern for all around her. She was the very best of people I have ever know. Muriel, your passing has left a void we all feel. I love you! Nancy

Alanna Munoz Posted at 07:56pm

Nancy, thank you for your kind words and your recent visit. Muriel cherished her Red Cross family and her work there.

Robyn Kaplan-Cho

Posted at 08:44pm
Yes Aunt Muriel was a devoted aunt who always remembered our birthdays and loved to receive photos of her grand nieces. She will truly be of blessed memory.
Robyn Kaplan-Cho

Alanna Munoz

Posted at 01:59pm
Aunt Muriel and Uncle Bob took us on great trips — Carowinds and around NC when we were young, Disney and around Florida in high school, and were always generous and kind to us. I’ll cherish my last visit and our conversations.

Corky Robinette

Posted at 10:53am
Muriel Ketay was a very good friend. My husband and I would get together with Muriel and Bob and have dinner. Muriel and I went shopping together and had a great time. She was a very special lady and I will miss her very much. May she rest in peace.

Corky Robinette

Alanna Munoz Posted at 01:56pm

Thank you for sharing!

Amy Richter Posted at 11:08am

Muriel was a very dear friend and adopted us as family. She and Bob had great joy in being in the role of grandparents to my children, as theirs live far away. From trips to Cici's for pizza, to trips to the dollar store to pick out something fun, to matching pajamas every Christmas, Muriel loved to dote on the kids. She always had animal crackers on hand for treats when we visited, which we lovingly named Darby crackers after her beloved dog. She was a good friend to many, a volunteer to help those she didn't know, proud of her beloved nieces, and a faithful wife to her husband. We will miss her and our many visits. Our whole family will treasure her in our hearts.

Alanna Munoz Posted at 12:35am

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