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  • "Willie was a sweet lady and I enjoyed visiting with her..."
    - Kim Guyette
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WILHELMINA "WILLIE" MARIE MURLEY Wilhelmina "Willie" Marie Tholen Murley, 89 of Kennewick, Wa. died peacefully January 1st at Fieldstone Memory Care. Born December 13, 1927 in Leadville, Colorado. Willie was the youngest child and second daughter of Harold Alexander Tholen and Sarah Dorothy Carter. Upon graduation from Leadville High School in 1946, Willie was employed by Mountain Bell in Leadville as a telephone Operator and later as a Service Representative. Willie married Eldon Louis Murley on September 7, 1952 in Leadville's Annunciation Catholic Church. They were ski enthusiasts and spent their courtship and early married years on the Various Colorado slopes. Following his engineering career opportunities, they successively resided in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Denver, Las Vegas, Nevada, Duchess County, New York and finally the Tri-Cities where Eldon finished his career at Hanford. During this time, Willie enjoyed several jobs as a classified administrative employee of the Clark County Nevada School District as well as working for JC Penney's in Housewares at the Columbia Center Mall. Eldon and Willie Retired to Selah Washington in 1982 where they enjoyed good health, family, friends and hobbies. They returned to Kennewick in 2010 to be closer to family. Willie was preceded in death by her husband Eldon and daughter Cynthia Ann Alderson. She is survived by two sons, Stephen of Walnut Creek, California, David of Kennewick, Wa., and daughter-in-law Christina of Kennewick, Wa. She is also survived by three grandchildren Brian (Lisa) Murley of Gig Harbor, Jon (Kendall) Murley of Richland and Christopher (Sarah) Alderson Of Atlanta, GA. She will be truly missed by her six great grandchildren Chelsey, McKenzie, Brandon, Alora, Madison and Ethan. Her Life was also blessed by the many friendships she made and cultivated during her lifetime. Previous arrangements were made though the Neptune Society. The family wishes to thank the staff of Fieldstone Memory Care and Chaplaincy Hospice for the professional and loving care they provided.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 29, 2017