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Lea Suzan Sechler


1963 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Lea Suzan Sechler Obituary
SECHLER, Lea Suzan Our beloved and beautiful Lea Suzan Sechler, passed away at home on September 2, 2018 after struggling for several years with declining health. She was born in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York in June of 1963 to Robert F. and Nanette L. Sechler. Along with her parents and siblings, Judi L. and Robert K., she moved to Austin in 1977, where she graduated from Johnston High in 1981 and from St. Edward's University in 1990, majoring in Art and English literature. She employed her degree as an independent contractor, grading standardized essay tests for many years. In 1985, Lea married her high school sweetheart, David A. Murchison and bore their son, Alexander J., by whom she will be remembered as a loving wife and devoted mother. Lea remained close to her large extended family and was particularly fond of her late paternal grandmother, affectionately known to all as Tata. She also was close to her father-in-law, the late John C. Murchison and dutifully assisted in caring for her mother-in-law, Carole R. in her final years. From earliest childhood, Lea was fascinated by the natural world, especially with small wildlife, invertebrates and fossils. This interest served as a primary inspiration for her diverse body of artworks which decorate the homes of many of her family and friends and were displayed in local art shows. Lea is survived by her parents, husband and son, as well as by her brother-in-law Darryl L. Murchison; sister and brother-in-law Kelly Cloud and his sons Joshua and Dylan Cloud; and brother and sister-in-law Tara Muldrow and their sons, Hudson and Grant Sechler. Lea was a lovely, gentle spirit who will be missed greatly by her family and friends. She will be interred among her ancestors in the family plot in Allentown Pennsylvania. This area of the Lehigh valley, along with the region of her birth, were frequent sources of nostalgia for Lea throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Austin Pets Alive.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 16, 2018
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