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Baker City, Oregon
Madge M. Colton Lloyd, 84, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 24, 2004, in Yakima, Wash., after a prolonged illness.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Services are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15 in Baker City.
Madge, the daughter of John and Nora (Gilkison) Colton, married Robert H. Murray in 1939 and together they had 10 children. At the time of her husband’s death they lived in Richland, Ore. With eight children to raise she decided to move to Baker City, where she returned to college to acquire skills for office work. She then worked as the city inspector’s secretary, and later as a Deputy Sheriff Matron for Delmar Dixon.
She is survived by nine of her children: Robert L. Murray of Mabton, Wash.; Sheri Caldwell and her husband, Bob, of Pendleton; Shirley Steelman and her husband, Clif, of Prosser, Wash.; Richard Murray and his wife, Charlene, of Gillette, Wyo.; Joan Sherman and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; Nelda Ward and her husband, Joe, of Olympia, Wash.; Sherman Murray and his wife, Maxine, of Huntington; Thomas Murray and his wife, Rhonda, of Gillette; Blaine Murray and his wife, Kathy, of Kearney, Neb. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and by several of her 14 siblings, including sisters: Nell Owens; June Premorvich and her husband, George; Jean Thompson and her husband, Elmer; LaRue Brooks and her husband, Stan’ Joyce Turner and her husband, James; Gail Stevenson and her husband, Charles; and brothers Donald Colton and his wife, Ann; and Johnny Colton.
Madge was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nora Colton; an infant daughter, Judith Murray; husband, Robert Murray, husband, S.E. Woods; brothers, Frank Colton, Hugh Colton, Phil Colton, Bill Colton and Blaine Colton; and an infant granddaughter, Mary Kay Murray.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 3, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor