Obituary: Tonya Rae Murray


Tonya Rae Murray, 58, of Hutchinson, KS and formerly of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2019, surrounded by family at Diversicare of Hutchinson. Tonya worked at several factory jobs and also was a certified welder.

Tonya was born on August 24, 1961, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the daughter of Walter Eugene and Grace Lourabelle (Clark) Murray.  She graduated from Centre High School in 1980.

She was a member of the Kaw Tribe.

Survivors include: her daughter Amber Cheesman (Matt) of McPherson, KS; grandson, Brycen Parker of McPherson, KS; sister, Linda Pontious of McPherson, KS; brothers, Vincent “Ish” Murray (Joyce) of Ada, OK and Dusty Murray of Saline, KS; and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Dan Murray, and son, Joshua Gepner.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 6, 2019, at Washunga Cemetery, Newkirk, Oklahoma with Chaplain Luke Helmuth officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to Kaw Nation in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family at

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