Leona Jean (Lockie) Muri passed away peacefully on July 27, 2020, at the age of 93, surrounded by family.
Jean was born on March 14, 1927 to Dan and Blanche (Hawley) Lockie in Miles City, MT. She was raised on the Lockie family ranch at Sheffield, MT. Jean went to elementary school at Calabar and later attended and graduated from Rosebud High School. Jean married Robert Muri on December 8th, 1945. Theirs was the second marriage of three Lockie sisters to wed three Muri brothers. From this union were three children, Donnie (Del) Muri, Lonnie (Hal) Ross, and Rob (Gaye) Muri. Jean and Bob ranched at Cartersville, MT until 1963 when they partnered with Dan Lockie in the Moon Creek Ranch. Jean and Bob lived at Moon Creek until 1976 when they purchased and moved to the Tongue River place with their son Rob. Later, they retired to Miles City but Jean continued to work part time jobs, so as not to get “bored.” She especially enjoyed working as a desk clerk at the Super 8 Hotel because she “got to meet so many interesting people!” Jean loved following her grand and great grand children’s adventures! She was their best teacher and greatest fan. Her life was devoted to them and revolved around seeing to each and every one of their needs. We would be remiss not to acknowledge her fond memories and love of all their neighbors on Tongue River, who became like family to her and Bob. Many shenanigans were had, whether it be cards, tupperware, ceramics parties, or just floating the river – entertainment was never lacking.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Dan; her husband, Bob; brothers, Donnie and Wallace Lockie; sisters, Lorraine (Andy) Muri and Dannie (Al) Muri; son, Donnie Muri; daughter-in-law, Gaye Muri; and great grandson, Orin Muri.
Jean is survived by: her daughter-in-law, Del (Wolfe) Muri and her daughters, Lori (Rod Stein) Torstenbo, Shawn Torstenbo and their sons, Shyler and Conner; Jodi (Josh) Woosley and their sons Lane (Tayl’r) and Trever. Her daughter Lonnie (Hal) Ross and their children, Chad Ross; Robyn (Greg) Ste.Marie and children Bailey and Spencer.
Her son Rob (Gaye) Muri and their children, Dax (Beth) Muri and daughter, Tailey; Darin Muri. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Al “Buck” Muri, and four sisters-in-law, Joyce Muri, Marie “Toots” (Muri) Ansom, Anita Muri, and Helen Lockie, as well as, many, many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.