Obituary for Oct. 26, 2012

By Baker City Herald October 26, 2012 10:29 am

Rhonda Murray

Baker City, 1956-2012

Rhonda Gay Murray, 56, of Hot Springs, S.D., whose husband, Tom Murray, was raised in Eastern Oregon where they met, died Sept. 9, 2012, at Hot Springs.

Her memorial services was Sept. 15 at the Hot Springs Mueller Center.

Rhonda was born on May 29, 1956, at Rapid City, S.D., to  Edwin and Maxine Andersen Stocke. They raised Rhonda, her two sisters and her brother at Sparks, Nev.

Her childhood stories mainly consist of her quirky, fun and playful disposition, always bringing smiles and good gut laughs to those around her, family members said. 

She shared her life with Tom, who lovingly called her “Fred.” They were married on Oct. 11, 1980, and enjoyed 32 years of marriage. Half of that time was spent drinking their coffee together.

They welcomed their son, Beau, on Oct. 30, 1981. His mama was proud of the boy he was and the man he has become. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born on Jan. 31, 1984. They equally shared the title “best friends.” Rhonda also helped raise her stepdaughter, Angela.

Rhonda loved her grandbabies. The common spoiling always took place, but what they really loved doing regularly together was playing make-up and hair.

 Most of all, what governed Rhonda’s life was her God, Jehovah. She dedicated her life to Jehovah by water baptism on April 22, 1989.

From that point on her life’s work was to share Bible truths with as many as she could, her family said. Seven years ago she was able to volunteer at least 70 hours a month to this work she believed in, to help others come to know the true God of the Bible. 

She knew that death is just a time of sleep and that she will be resurrected to a paradise earth. 

Rhonda deeply cared for her family and had many friends that became part of her family. Overall, laughter surrounded her life.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Murray of Hot Springs, S.D.; son, Beau Murray of Ludlow, Vt.; daughters, Chelsea Stoyan Lucey and Angela Massey, both of Hot Springs, S.D.; parents, Edwin and Maxine Stoke of Sparks, Nev; brother, Edwin (Stephanie) Stoke Jr. of San Diego; sisters, Lorna Southard of North Carolina and Sheila (Theron) Wood of Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 McColley’s Chapel of the Hills at Hot Springs, S.D., was in charge of arrangements. Written condolences may be made at this website: