06/27/1925 - 11/21/2008
"Cathy" Murray (83) passed away peacefully at home Friday morning, November 21, 2008. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, June, 27,1925 to Catherine Boese and Grant Dean, she moved later in her teen years to Los Angeles California where she eventually met her husband, Louis Murray after he had returned from World War II . He had served as a Sergeant in the Army. They were married on the popular radio program "Bride and Groom", and had celebrated their 51 wedding anniversary in 1997 before his death in 1998. In the early 50's, she and Louis moved to Galva to join his three brothers and their wives in a startup mobile home manufacturing business that would ultimately to help ease the housing demand for the returning servicemen and their families after World War II. Own-A-Home served as a source of employment for many years before being destroyed by fire in 1958.
During the 60's and 70's Cathy was involved in the local Galva sorority Beta Sigma Phi, the Kewanee Art Guild and won many awards for her bowling skills at Eastgate Lanes in Galva. A prize winning artist, Cathy also taught painting to students at both Galva and Blackhawk Junior college as a guest artist. In their retirement years, she and Lou teamed up their artistic talents to design, produce and sell hand crafted wood items through their successful "Cathy/Lou Collectibles" craft show business.
Both her artistic and his engineering talents were passed down to all their surviving four children, Jordan Murray of Galva, Shannon Kriegshauser of Peoria, Suanne (Mark) Terry of Dallas and Marc (Suzzanne) of Sheffield.
Both Cathy and "Lou" were blessed with 8 grandchildren, Jason, Eran, Jesse, Anson, Taylor, Drew, Amanda and Alex. four great grandchildren, a step grandson Michael Sauer and two step great grand children. Cathy was preceded in death by her husband and her parents and is survived by all her children and one sister, Winnifred Stanton, of California. Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Library. The Schueneman & Tumbleson funeral home Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.