OBITUARY

Florence Thelma Murbach

September 25, 1919October 21, 2020
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Regretfully, due to Covid, the family is having a small, intimate graveside service with Florence's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren only.

Florence Thelma (Moen) Murbach passed away on October 21 in Lynnwood, WA at the age of 101. She was born on September 25, 1919 in Heimdal, North Dakota, to Martin and Clara (Ongstad) Moen. Raised on a family farm, she was one of 13 children and is survived by one brother, Delbert Moen.

When Florence was 21, she moved to Davenport, Washington, to work in a cafe. There she met Lawrence Murbach, and the couple was married on August 8, 1942. Soon after, Lawrence joined the army and served in WWII for three years. After the war, Florence and Lawrence continued to farm in Davenport with their daughters, Luanne and Carol. In 1957, the family moved to Mt. Vernon, and then Seattle, when Lawrence took a job with The Boeing Company. After retirement, Florence and Lawrence spent many years motor homing, fishing, gardening, and travelling to visit family and friends across the country. After 71 years of marriage, Lawrence passed away in July 2013. Florence never stopped missing him but continued to find happiness in her family.

Florence is remembered as a positive, joyful person who made everyone feel special. She is survived by her daughters, Carol Olason and Luanne Cranefield; her grandchildren, Mark Cranefield, Cheryl Weber (Steve), Kristen Hunter (Greg), Lisa Olason (John Hoey), and Eric Olason (Amy); 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was our sunshine and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Please enjoy photos of Florence and her loved ones in the "Memories and Condolences" section, under "From the Family."

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Byron Cranefield

October 31, 2020

Thank you Florence for being the best Mother-in-Law that a person could ask for. If we asked for Lawrence to give us a hand, with building, you were there to support our hungry bellies. If it was time to butcher chickens, you were there to give us a hand. If we came for a visit, we never left without eating a great dinner.
Many trips to Medford to visit and see the family. Trips to California to wait for kids to be born, thanks for the help.
The love for us was always there, always giving more, always with a smile, thanks for being such a good example.

Linda Hunter

October 31, 2020

Florence was such a beautiful woman! Every time I would see her she was smiling! Her gentle heart went out to anyone she was around!
I’m so happy she is in heaven in the arms of Jesus, and enjoying all her loved ones that are already there!

Sharon Schlichtmann

October 30, 2020

Auntie Florence was one of the sweetest ladies. Remember her and Uncle Lawrence coming in their motor home to ND to visit my dad and mom. They were always full of fun and we so enjoyed their visits. Looking at her picture just puts a smile on my face!

Carolyn Mackin

October 30, 2020

I enjoyed all the many, many phone calls and personal visits I had with her since 2013. It was a highlight of my week to see her face-to-face when she was in recovery mode at Crista and lastly at the AFH. A gem in the family and 'baby sister' is what my dad (Ernie) called her as she'd tell me from time to time in our visits. Miss her.

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Ruth with little Florence

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Wedding day, Aug 8, 1942

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Ruth with little Florence

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Wedding day, Aug 8, 1942

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