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Kelly Murray


Kelly Murray

June 13, 1960 - May 14, 2019

Kelly Murray, age 58, of Waubun, MN, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Kelly Renee Murray was born June 13, 1960, in San Jose, CA, to Fredric "Skip" and Myrna (Bellefeuille) Murray. She grew up in Naytahwaush, MN, where she attended elementary school. Kelly also attended Mahnomen High School and furthered her education at Northland Community Technical College and White Earth Tribal Community College. She earned her Diploma as an LPN, an accomplishment she was very proud of. As a young lady, Kelly spent many years with her significant other, William S. Keezer, until his death in 1986. Kelly was employed through the years with the White Earth Tribal Council and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Her recent decline in health forced her into early retirement.

Kelly loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Kellyn, was her pride and joy. Family was the most important thing to her, and she cherished each and every family gathering. She enjoyed cooking for her family and her specialty was fry bread. When she wasn't cooking or visiting with friends and family on the phone, Kelly could be found making native crafts, doing beadwork and listening to music. She will live on in the hearts of those lucky enough to have known her.

Kelly is survived by her mother, Myrna Smith; two daughters, Rebecca Keezer and Raven Murray; one son, William "Billy Joe" Keezer; five grandchildren: Tristen Roy, Dion Makey, Brijah Keezer, Kellyn Keezer and Kylen Keezer; three great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; special niece whom she raised, Kayla Keezer; two brothers, Russell (Tracy) Murray and Fredric Murray; sister, Tammy Wadena; her adopted mother, Althea Hutchinson; great aunt, Verna Millage; aunts, Marilyn Goodwin and Janice Murray; nieces and nephews: Lowell, Mitchell, Duane, Skip, Eliza, Zoe, Christopher, Isabel, Brayden; great niece and nephew, Misty and Donovan Murray and many cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Fredric; son, Donovan Keezer, grandparents; significant other, William S. Keezer; aunts: Joan McCormick, Gayle Rogers, and Sharon Eid; uncle, Russell Bellefeuille.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Samuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Naytahwaush, MN. Visitation was held one-hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was held at Samuel Memorial Cemetery, Naytahwaush, MN.


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