Monday , April 22, 2013 - 8:56 AM
Iola Belnap Murray of West Point will be honored for her 90th birthday on April 27. Family and friends may attend an open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the LDS West Point Church House, 2865 W. 300 North.
Born April 28, 1923, in Independence, Idaho, to George Ellis and Mabel Hill Hall Belnap, she married Hugh Thomas Murray in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple on July 13, 1943. He died on Dec. 25, 1996.
Awarded lifetime achievement honors by West Point, she has been a resident of more than 50 years. She led community choirs, ran for city council, and was a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. She was a volunteer and served on the Salt Lake Explorer 2002 Winter Olympics. She enjoyed serving leadership positions in the church, especially in music. She led church choirs, including the Singing Mothers. She sang with Jay Welch Chorale, Ogden Chorale and Euphoric Chorus. She composed a musical selection for each of her children, among others. She graduated from WSU and taught at Clearfield Job Corps for 10 years. She served a service mission for the LDS Church and is captain of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was second runner-up and Mrs. Congeniality to Mrs. Utah in 1980. Her motto has been, “Beauty is as beauty does.”
Her children and spouses are John and Bonnie Murray, Tom (deceased) and Judy Murray, Mabel and Brent Moss, Dean and Debbie Murray, Paul and Nancy Murray, David and Fara Murray, Joel and Pam Murray, and Julie and Kelly Moffitt. She has 40 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren with more on the way.