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Sara Marcella Leonard (aka Sally Murphy)

Sara Marcella Leonard (aka Sally Murphy), 73, died at her home in Lakeview on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

Sara was born to Edward and Anna (Olson) Svoboda in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 24, 1940. She grew up in Brooklyn and dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to marry the handsome young soldier, Walter Murphy, whom she met at a dance. She later finished her education in Paisley where she graduated from high school.

After Walt’s discharge they moved to Paisley where she had to make the huge adjustment from life in the city to life on a ranch in the wild west. Learning to drive and also to cook for a haying crew were a couple of her greatest challenges.

In 1973 she moved to Silver Lake where she did seasonal work for the Forest Service until she became the Post Master at the Silver Lake Post Office. She also lived in Beatty for a few years before moving to Lakeview in September 2010.

Some of her favorite activities were crocheting, sewing and canning.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Anna Svoboda; husbands Walter Murphy, Max Weaver and Albert Leonard; daughter Patricia Murphy.

She is survived by son, Patrick J. Murphy of Lakeview; daughter, Cecelia Butler of Roseville, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Ken Kestner of Lakeview and Maureen and Don Salvato of Des Moines, Iowa; 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in the Paisley Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 12 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner. Inurement will be at a later date in the Westside Cemetery.

Contributions in Sara’s memory may be made to Lakeview Home Health and Hospice, 700 S. J St., Lakeview 97630 or Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1400 SW 5th Ave. #530, Portland 97601 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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