Marilyn was born on March 31, 1930, in Grafton, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Herman and Laura (Wahl) Schmidt. The highlight of her high school years was being high scorer on the girls Basketball team. She worked at her parents Hiway Grill in Manly, Iowa where she met her husband. John Murra Jr. They lived in Buffalo Center where she was employed by the Dairy Sweet and later the Buffalo Center Vet Clinic.
She enjoyed embroidering, knitting, sewing, playing cards, shopping and their fishing trips up North. In her retirement they enjoyed going to Texas for the winter. Family was everything to Marilyn, she enjoyed going to her children and grandchildren's school and sporting events. She will be missed more then she knows, but her family is grateful for the time spent together.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Terri (Gary) Johnson of Elmore, MN, Sheila (Doug) UIfers of Corvallis, OR, Leigh Murra of Forest City, IA, Harold (Martha) Murra of White House, TN, and Joy (Robby) Gelhaus of Lakota, IA; grandchildren, John Johnson, Jana Johnson, Kate Ulfers, Amanda (Jamie) Bailey , Jeramiah (Tiffany) Murra, Shane (Rebecca) Gelhaus, Samantha (Ben) Matson and Hunter Gelhaus; great-grandchildren, Payton Johnson, Frances Bailey, Everleigh Murra, and Drake and Kenley Gelhaus, and Baby Boy Matson and sister Rosalyn Allen of Marshalltown, IA and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, John Jr., son, Leland, sisters, Luella Schmidt, Marcella Braun, and Luetta Walk.