Susan Kay Murray was born on Sept. 29, 1954, in Lebanon, Ore., to Richard J. Davis and Virginia Joann (Garrett) Davis. She passed away on Jan. 24, 2018, at home in the company of her family, after a battle with cancer. Sue was 63 years old at the time of her passing.
In 1968, Sue’s family moved to Hood River from Brownsville, Ore., where she had attended grade school. Her dad had been transferred here to take over as manager of the Dee Hardboard Plant. Sue was a teenager at the time and attended Wy’east and Hood River Valley High School. After high school, Sue married Kris Leiblein and they had two boys, Rob and Grady. Sue was a stay at home mom, taking care of her family for several years.
In February of 1985, she decided to try a retail sales job at Murray’s Furniture. It quickly turned out that Sue was not only good at selling furniture, but also had a great talent for decorating and color coordination. Sue was very good at her job and enjoyed helping friends and customers throughout the area decorate their homes.
Sue enjoyed trips to Hawaii and was always ready for a gambling trip to Reno or Lake Tahoe. Her hobbies were babysitting her grandkids, decorating her home and working in her yard, especially mowing the lawn.
Sue’s greatest joy and accomplishment was her two boys and their families. She was so proud of her boys and their school and athletic and employment accomplishments. Years later, she was equally proud of her grandsons and granddaughters. She loved them all so much.
Sue is survived by her husband Greg Murray, who had the unbelievable good fortune to have known Sue for 33 years and to be married to her for the last 22 years, son Rob Leiblein and his wife Sarah and thier children Caden and Reese, son Grady Leiblein and his wife Jamie and their children Colton, Ethan and Landri, first husband Kris Leiblein, sisters Becky Lucas and Husband Melvin, niece Jody Privatsky and her husband Aaron and daughters Ella and Hannah, nephew Tom Lucas and sons Dalton and Mason, and her dog Annie.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Joann Davis, her grandparents, several aunts and an uncle.
Remember always, when a person begins a journey, people are saying “There she goes,” while those on the other side are saying, “Here she comes.”
A private family service will be held at Idlewilde Cemetery. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date.
In memory of Sue and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of Hospice or the American Cancer Society, sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River. Visit www.Andersons-TributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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