Bonnie Aileen Murray

October 31, 1955 ~ November 27, 2020

Bonnie A. Murray, 65, Sioux Falls, died Friday, November 27, 2020, at home with her family, after a brave battle with cancer.

A Private burial will be held.  A Public Visitation and Memorial will be held from 1 – 2:30pm, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home.  A continued Celebration of Bonnie’s Life will be at JJ’s Billiards (309 S Elmwood, Sioux Falls), from 3-5pm, also on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with light appetizers and drinks.

Bonnie Aileen Murray was born on October 31st, 1955 to Arnold and Elnor Murray. She was raised in Sioux Falls, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1972. She worked with her family at Murray Construction, Murray Properties for 45 years. In those 45 years she worked with SF Housing, developing Multi-Family housing and aiding Housing and Urban Development to provide affordable housing for families in need. She was a pioneer in the industry, with her father and siblings. At the time of their retirement, they had over 500 housing units, and over 30 commercial spaces, including two historical buildings in Downtown Sioux Falls.

After her retirement in 2015, Bonnie enjoyed gardening and cooking with her grandchildren, Shelby and Casey, traveling with her best friend of 30+ years, Paula Koch, and spending time with her sister, Teri, nephew, Chad, and daughter, Ellison, playing card games and board games. She had many talents, including playing the piano and teaching her grandchildren how to crochet. Bonnie was an involved volunteer with CASA in Sioux Falls, and also helped her daughter develop and run a commercial rental unit in Brandon, SD, until her passing.

Bonnie will be deeply missed by her daughter, Ellison (Billy) Cutrer, Garretson; two grandchildren who were her entire world, Shelby and Casey; three siblings, Teri (James) Nace, Estelline, SD, James Murray, Sioux Falls, and Wayne Murray, AZ; several nieces and nephews; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews including Marcus and Aiden Nace; and her very special friend, Paula Koch, Beresford.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Elnor (Gilman) Murray; and one sister-in-law, JoAnn Murray.

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  • Jenifer Gilman-Toennies says:

    Always full of life and loved to laugh. Will miss her smile and sarcasm. She is being embraced in the loving arms of Aunt Elnor and Uncle Arnie. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Marla says:

    Ellison, I am so, so sorry to learn about the loss of your mother. I know how incredibly close you and your mother were and just wanted to reach out and tell you how sorry I am……….hugs to you and your family.

  • Oh Bonnie was always such a bright spot in my day working in the rental industry and being a friend of their family!!! She will be dearly missed. My heartfelt condolences to all her family and friends!!!!!!!

  • Elaine Nash says:

    Many, many moons ago, I remember singing and dancing with Bonnie and Teri to songs by the Supremes. She was a great dancer and singer.
    Whenever we were going to get take out food, she’d say, You fly, I’ll buy. RIP Bonnie. My sincere condolences to all her family.

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