October 24, 1917 - February 24, 2010
Evelyn A. Murray, 92, of Walla Walla, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24 , 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Evelyn was born in Blanchard, N.D., the middle child of George and Lizzie Heyen. The family moved to Chelan, Wash., where her parents homesteaded acreage and started an apple orchard, in which Evelyn as a youth took part in all phases of the orchard work. During her senior year of high school, the new boy in town, George Murray, pushed her off the dock at Lake Chelan, not knowing she did not swim. From there, it was a major apology, dating and a life of love, companionship and hard work together while raising two wonderful daughters. Their 74 years together combined events of happiness and joy, financial stress, hard work and wonderful accomplishments, all done working together hand in hand.
During some of those years, Evelyn owned and operated Evelyn's Gift Shop in Wenatchee and Evelyn's Boutique in Chelan. She enjoyed doing crafts included beautifully accomplished oil paintings, spending time with their family and tending her yard and flowers. During her younger adult life she was an avid horseperson, a member of the Chelan Wagon Wheelers and participated the several local parades and trail riding. She also accomplished several backpacking trips in the Cascade Mountains which she loved to reminisce about. Most of all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her family.
Preceding Evelyn in leaving this earth life were her parents, two brothers, Ed and Tommy Heyen; and her oldest daughter, Sally Lee Cotton, of Springtown, Texas.
She is survived by her faithful and loving husband, George, at their home in Walla Walla; daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Eirgil Smith, of Walla Walla; 12 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. with graveside at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens on Myra Road following the service.