The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently hosted the 14th annual President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner at the Lexington Center. At the event, leaders from Somerset Community College honored Dorothy and Virginia Murrell in Memoriam.
More than 600 state and local dignitaries from across the Commonwealth attended the event, which provides an opportunity for all KCTCS colleges to honor state’s leading individuals, business and foundations for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support.
Virginia and Dorothy Murrell where honored by SCC for the use of their estates to benefit the students of Somerset Community College. Both sisters owned multiple properties in downtown Somerset for years and each left a portion of their estate to SCC.
Virginia Murrell passed away in 2012 at the age of 98. She was known statewide for her educational and musical endeavors. Murrell spent her professional career in Bellevue, Kentucky, where she taught music, directed the choral program and was the music supervisor for the school district for more than 35 years. She also held many statewide leadership positions and was locally involved with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts and the Chautauqua Circle. She was also a charter member of the Somerset chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. All students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Virginia Murrell Scholarship.
Dorothy Murrell passed away in 2007 at the age of 91. She was a music teacher and choral director in the Owensboro Public School System for many years. Dorothy Murrell was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Education Honorary society. She was also an avid golfer. The Dorothy Murrell Scholarship Endowment is awarded to students with financial need who are enrolled in high-demand programs and those who are transferring to a baccalaureate degree program in Kentucky.
Hilma Prather, Executrix of the estate, recalls a quote from a speech Virginia Murrell made to the Kentucky Education Association which epitomized her life: “We cannot find happiness unless we squander ourselves … giving yourself to something greater than you.”
Hilma Prather and Murrell Estate attorney John Prather Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the Virginia and Dorothy Murrell Estate.