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Leona McMurray

Leona McMurray, 83, of New Hope, MN, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Memorial service will be Friday, August 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the St Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Lunch to follow service at church.

Leona was born in Walhalla, ND, to William and Jennie Belanus. She attended the one room Coburn country school. Continuing on to Walhalla Public School and Mayville Community College. On May 7, 1960, she married Howard McMurray and they made their home in New Hope, MN. Leona turned her love of animals into a career as a well-known dog trainer in the Twin Cities area. She owned a training school and together they spent many years traveling, showing, and competing in the dog show world.

Leona enjoyed spending time with family and friends with her dogs by her side. She had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed laughing at funny stories and playing cards with her grandsons

Leona is survived by her husband, Howard McMurray; daughter Marie Knute; grandsons: Michael and Matthew Knute; and sister, Jessie Urlaub.

 Leona was preceded in death by parents William and Jennie Belanus; son, Jeffrey McMurray; daughter, Jennifer McMurray; brothers: Robert and Charles Belanus Sr.; sisters: Mary Blair and Nellie Proskurnik. 

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Sending our condolences to Leonas family and friends.

Jim and Etta Diemert Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM

RIP, auntie....will never forget the fun we had on the farm and all the pets you gave me. You will be terribly missed. Condolances to Uncle Howard and cousin Marie

Andrea Belanus Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. Allen Vandal

Allen Vandal Aug 6 2019 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Auntie. You are missed. Condolences to Uncle Howard, Marie and family.

Rita Belanus Eckes Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM