Shirley Crumbo Murdock
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January 1, 1920
March 31, 2014
Shirley Crumbo Murdock passed away peacefully with her daughter, Margo and friend, Laura Smith by her side on March 31, 2014. She was born on January 1, 1920 in Ft. Duchesne, Utah to Albert and Ruby Crumbo, where she learned to play tennis with a passion, wrote short stories and enjoyed mischievous antics with her sister, Jeanne. She attended BYU High School in Provo, Utah where she had the leading role in one of their major productions. She then attended Utah State University where she was active in drama and tennis. She married Willard Stephens Murdock, her sweetheart for many years, in Provo, Utah on February 22, 1943. They spent their honeymoon in Orange, Texas where they set up residency and had their daughter, Pamela Ann. A few years later, they moved to Roosevelt, Utah where Bill worked at Crumbo Motor with his father-in-law. Shirley opened up her popular children's store, Shirley's Small Frye and had their second daughter, Margo. After the death of her husband and suffering a stroke, her daughters moved her to Reno, Nevada. Her daughter, Pam, was able to spend a few short months with her, prior to her death. The rest of her journey was spent with Margo where they had a lot of fun times camping, shopping and caring for each other.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ruby Crumbo, her sister, Bonnie Crumbo, her husband, Bill "Billy" Murdock and her daughter, Pamela Murdock Mueller. Her smile, bright blue eyes and spirit will be greatly missed by her daughter, Margo Murdock Ternau, son-in-law, John Ternau, sister, Jeanne Labrum, nieces and nephews and her many friends.
The family greatly appreciates the care given to her by the loving staff at The Regent and Gentiva Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, NV 89502. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.
Truckee Meadows Cremation & Burial
616 S Wells Ave
Reno, NV 89502
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 4, 2014