Virginia Julia Murray

Feb. 17, 1929 – Feb. 3, 2021

Virginia Murray, 91, a resident of Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home in Basin, Wyo., formerly of Lead, S.D., passed away peacefully on Feb. 3, 2021.

She was born Feb. 17, 1929 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Swan and Alice Loften.  The Loftens moved to Lead, S.D., where Virginia attended school, graduating in 1945.  She then worked as a deputy in the Lawrence County courthouse, when she met, dated and married Leslie Murray of Belle Fourche, S.D., on Sept. 22, 1949.  They lived in Lead where they raised their six children: Corky, Terry, Jenny, Melody, John and Mary.

Virginia loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.  She very much enjoyed reading her Bible, sewing, embroidery, quilting and misc. hobby and craft projects.  Her ability to do these dwindled as her vision was failing in her later years.

She had a damaging fall in the beginning of 2020 and it was determined that she would be safer in a nursing facility, bringing her to the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home in Basin, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leslie Murray; her parents Swan and Alice Loften; her sister Annabelle (Ted) Drake of Salt Lake City, Utah, her brother Swan (Helen) Loften of Deadwood, S.D., and her sister Deanna (Bob) Oien of Spearfish, S.D.

Virginia is survived by her three sons:  Corky (Tina) Murray of Springfield, Ore., Terry Murray of Greybull, Wyo., John Murray of Lead, S.D.; and her three daughters: Jenny Murray of Lead, S.D., Melody (Cody) Kempf of Spanaway, Wash., and Mary (Manuel) Ruiz of Sheridan, Wyo., as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021; to be announced and scheduled in the spring.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Black Hills Funeral Services of Sturgis, S.D.