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Lila Rae (Bowman) Murdock

September 6, 1931 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Lila Murdock Obituary

Lila Rae Murdock went to her eternal rest on December 21, 2023 while convalescing at her home in Riggins, Idaho. Lila was born on September 6, 1931 to Bert and Verna Bowman in Blackfoot, Idaho.

She married LaVar J. Murdock on June 9, 1951. They had 3 children and celebrated 65 wedding anniversary's together. Being the wife of a farmer, Lila was an avid gardener and loved flowers of all kinds. She had a wonderful decorating knack and created gorgeous silk flower arrangements. Lila was able to follow her dreams by owning an antique, gift and flower shop aptly named, "Lila's Petals and Twigs" in Winnemucca, Nevada. The potato industry drew LaVar and Lila to Winnemucca in the 70's and they resided there for 30 years. They then made their way during their
retirement years, to Riggins, Idaho where they developed a sub-division along the Little Salmon River. Salmon and Steelhead fishing became a fun hobby for the family during that time and Lila was named "The Happy Hooker" since she out-fished us most of the time.

She is survived by her 3 children, Craig (Cindy) of Payette, Idaho, Mindy (Bill) of Riggins and Lori of Blackfoot, Idaho. She has 6 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and her first great great grandchild will be born is a few weeks.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband LaVar and his 5 brothers, 3 sisters and their spouses, her grandson Mickie Popejoy, sister Cleo Jones (Doyle) and brother Verlin Bowman (Patricia).

Lila wasn't fond of wintertime, so it was appropriate that she passed on the first day of winter. Therefore, her internment will be in the spring at the Thomas Cemetary, outside of Blackfoot. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Lila, can be made to St. Lukes Health Systems Hospice/Home Health programs or The Riggins Emergency Services.

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