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Alma Lois Murchison

April 19, 1927 — January 4, 2015

Alma Lois Murchison passed away January 4, 2015 at Pocahontas, Arkansas at age 87.

Alma was born on April 19, 1927 in Duncannon, Pennsylvania to Virginia R. (Black) and Claude W. Wingard. Alma and her family moved to La Grande when she was a young child. She grew up and met the love of her life, her husband Roy, there.

Together they had five children in La Grande and moved to Cle Elum, Washington for four years before moving back to La Grande, where they lived for many years until Roy got sick and they moved to Tenino, WA to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They always considered La Grande their home. They were married for 56 years before Roy passed away in 1999.

Alma attended college in Ellensburg, WA where she received her nursing degree. Later in life at the age of 62 she received an accounting degree from Blue Mountain Community College.
Alma worked as a nurse for many years at Grande Ronde Hospital and for doctors in the private sector as well.

Alma devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family and having family reunions and get togethers. She also loved animals, especially horses. She loved attending rodeos and watching them on TV in her later years. She had a love of music, old country was her favorite.

Alma was a very active member of the La Grande chapter of The American Legion, she was also a member of the Elgin Stampeders, and The Mavericks Riding Club. While she lived in Cle Elem she was a member of The Roslyn Riders.

Alma is survived by her son, George (Darla) Murchison, Yelm, WA, daughters Lois (Gary) Pierce, Othello, WA, Linda Marek, Creswell, OR, and Laura (Denny) Tucker, Pocahontas, AR. Grandchildren: Tony, Daniel, Tina, Gary Jr., Marlinda, LaDonna, Michael, Bill, Jon, Sara, Kelly, and Amanda. 36 Great-Grandchildren.11 Great-Great Grandchildren, and numerous Nieces and Nephews
Alma was preceded in death by her husband Roy Murchison, daughter Marietta Aylward Murchison, son-in-law Daryl Marek, her parents Claude and Virginia Wingard, brother Claude Wingard Jr., and sister Betty Cloward.

The family will be having a Memorial Service in the spring. For information regarding the service please contact Amanda King at (360) 359-1556. Her grandson, Pastor Gary Pierce Jr. will be Officiating the service.

The family requests memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) to be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation in Alma's name.


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