Stina Stella (Horten) Lopez-Armijo (1934 - 2010) Ina Mae Murri (1935 - 2010) Stella Lopez-Armijo, 76, and Ina Mae Murri, 75, of Fremont, Calif., died July 17, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in Preston, ID. Stina (as they were know to friends and family) were in Idaho to attend a Murri Family Reunion. In the past thirty years it was rare to see one with out the other by her side. Stella was born March 21, 1934, and raised in Albuquerque, NM, the ninth child of Macedonio and Josefina Lopez. After high school, Stella worked as a waitress at the Hayward Tamale Parlor, then at Owens-Illinois, Oakland, CA. She retired from Peterbuilt Trucks, Newark, CA. Stella was married to Harry Horten for twelve years. She is survived by her children Harry Horten III, Victoria Richie, Christel Cantlin (Shawn), Cathrine Horten, her brothers Bonifacio Lopez, Gilberto Lopez, and Arturo Lopez, her six grandchildren, Richard Horten, Kevin Leonard (Nicole), Julia Gill (Chris), Douglas Jones (Sara), Jeremiah Jones, and James Richie, and three great-grandchildren, Amberley and Christopher Gill, and Jaden Leonard. Her parents and siblings, Nazario Lopez, Margaret Lopez, Cecilia Blanton, David Lopez, Nora Blackwell, and Benito Lopez preceded her in death. Ina Mae was born January 15, 1935, and raised in Newdale, ID, the eighth child of John Henry and Luella Panter Murri where she spent her life until she graduated from high school. After high school, she was a nanny for a Barlow family in Washington, D.C. She then joined the Air Force, after which she worked for Western Union. She also worked in the Alameda County Public Library and retired from the Alameda County Hospital in the Lending Library for patient services. Ina Mae was married to James Sanders for seven years. Her son Eric (Karen), of Honolulu, and her siblings Lynford Panter Murri, Maurice Alvin Murri; Vera Atkinson, Leda Jeffery, and Helena Murri Page, survive her. Her parents, her brothers Cyril Jean Murri and John Hebert Murri and Esther Murri Ehrisman, preceded her in death. Their brother-in-law Jack Horten, and many cousins, nieces and nephews LOVED THEM DEARLY. Stella was a woman of conviction. If you made a sexist statement, she would call you on it. Stella loved her charity work, TV shows (especially Cops), and thrift shops. Stella has been adamant about recycling before it was fashionable, even collecting cans and bottles from rest stops in other states. Stella was a character with an unmatched sense of humor! Ina Mae was one of the founders of the San Francisco Chapter of Affirmation, 1979. She was the third recipient of the Mortensen Award for outstanding leadership and service to Affirmation, 1989. She has thus far been the only woman to lead Affirmation (as a General Coordinator). Stina were active in many charitable causes. They frequently donated food to local shelters, they collected recyclables to donate, and worked at the voting booths. They enjoyed traveling; in particular Olivia cruises to Alaska, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Ina loved swimming with dolphins. They were an active and vibrant couple, making friends everywhere they traveled. There is no way to measure the kindness and support that these two ladies gave to scores of men and women trying to find their place in the world. They were truly exceptional women. Ina Mae and Stella have lit the way for so many. Many women and men in this world looked to both of them for courage and comfort. Stina were co-founders of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay. Both were Pioneers of the women's rights and the gay rights movements. Their courage, passion, honesty, integrity and intelligence in making this a better place and time to live as gay Americans and especially gay Mormons is legendary. Stella and Ina Mae led by example and love. Their lifelong devotion to each other will always be an inspiration. Because of the love Ina Mae and Stella had for one another and for all other people, we gained a love and acceptance for ourselves. Visitation: July 28-29, 4:30 - 8:30, Rosary, July 29, 7:00, Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward, CA; Funeral: July 30, 10:00, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Castro Valley, CA. Together Forever, Side-by-Side.
Chapel of the Chimes
32992 Mission Blvd. Hayward, CA 94544
Published in Inside Bay Area from July 25 to July 27, 2010