Owen Murnion Family Benefit Fund
$113,820 of $15,000 goal
-- Corinthians 25-27 ESV
The first semi load of hay was offered by phone that first Sunday after Owen died. And while Owen had kept the operation well-stocked, as the phone went back into its cradle that morning, it involved thoughts of grace, humility and awe. And the calls kept coming. Someone quietly paid for a year's worth of vaccines on the ranch. The Miles City Livestock Commission (MCLC) offered to host a 20-30 minute rollover sale and benefit auction at today's sale, themselves donating the first livestock through the gate for purchase. It is a beautiful gesture in an ag -centered state.
This event was moved from noon to 2:30 pm to handle the sheer volume of donors and planned attendees today The hearts of agriculture have been huge, with loads of hay & gravel, livestock, mineral and more than we could possibly imagine. Here is a link to the sale: http://www.milescitylivestock.net/
Briana feels so humbled by all of this. She and the family have prayed for answers about how to properly begin to thank so many people for their strength and compassion. An unusual opportunity came in an offer from Q2 news anchor Simone DeAlba, of the Billings CBS station. After additional prayer & discussion, Briana agreed to allow Simone interview her at home in the biggest and broadest way to express thanks to the entire state where all efforts at purchasing enough thank you cards have failed. It will air tonight (March 3rd) on MT CBS news stations at 5:30pm, 10pm and again on 5:30am & noon news on March 4th. Here is the full story link: http://www.ktvq.com/story/28254475/murnion-family-finds-hope-despite-tragedy Simone has handled this story with great care to detail and she understood Briana's desire to offer gratitude and express how much even the simplest words have encouraged her to continue in the days ahead.
Some of the most poignant words were in a card received last week with a donation. The first line described the donor losing her own husband at a very young age. Several lines of encouragement followed for the family. But it was the closure, which read "I retired 10 years ago from the ranch," that has quietly remained in our hearts and minds since. "She" kept going.
It can be done.
- Luke 4:10-11 NIV
The days following Owen's service have been filled with the practical tasks associated with handling the death of a loved one. Paperwork. Appointments. Tending to the care of Briana and the girls. We are all coming to the slow realization that Owen's tall skinny self isn't going to come bolting through the doors with a grin on his face that says he is thinking of something vastly funny. And that he is about to share it with you, whether you are prepared for the joke or not.
It is becoming obvious to us through seemingly impossible occurrences that he is indeed still here in different form. Documents have surfaced at exactly at the time they are needed in random files. We hang up the phone after a need is expressed, only to have the next call answer the need. Today, Anne was getting ready to grocery shop for the family only to stop at the church and find all but one item on the table inside. She had not shared the grocery list with anyone else. We KNOW he is watching over us - right down to that crazy thought at the most inappropriate time. Which we have all had - whether we fess up or not.
Briana and the girls would like to say thank you for this outpouring of love from across the nation from the bottom of their hearts. The response and tenderness have left us all speechless. Our small bank has spent the past few days opening cards and answering calls about the Memorial fund. Today the girls said they felt very very loved and "special" reading the words of strangers that cared about them. They are reading comments, cards and letters daily. As we write this - $24,000 have poured into the local account through walk-in and mail donations; the benefit fund that quietly aimed to pay for a funeral now has $117,000 securing the family future. There are not sufficient enough words to explain how grateful and humbled we all are this week.
We would also like to offer a very special thank you to reporter Ed Kemmick of Last Best News - who requested to write about Owen's funeral and did so with grace and care after the permission was given. We are told the story also ran on the front page of the Great Falls Tribune this past Tuesday. See it here: http://bit.ly/17jtccN
There have been no stones.
- 1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV
As each of us get ready for this day, some of you have just loaded kids onto the bus, some are pressing the shirt they will wear in just a few hours, and some are feeding cows this morning in the light snow with a stiff upper lip. Thank you all for surrounding Briana, their seven girls, Owen's parents Bev & Joe, his brother Ray, and his sisters Berta and Kim with such love.
We ask that you take that extra time today to offer a kiss, a moment of holding hands, a compliment. Love NEVER fails.
just saw this today, may the Lord answer all your prayers, I lost my Dad when was a few months over 8 yrs old, he died at 41 leaving me the youngest, and 2 older daughters. My Mom made it through , went back to college, raised us kids and in the end we turned out pretty darn good, were able to get back to our rural life, just wish I could give you a hug and tell you it will be all right, so I will send it by facebook
May Jesus Christ be your ever present comfort in your lives. You are not alone and you loved by thousands thanks to the Lord and technology. I lost a brother when I was nine and a granddaughter 19 months old. Jesus Christ and God in Heaven has blessed our family despite the losses we have had in our family. Know He hears you and is here for you all. Bless you all - we know that you are loved.
Sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of prayers.
Prayers to the family. So tragic. Bless y'all's hearts !
I was born and raised in MT, spent summers on the Roswell Anderson Ranch in Wibaux close to your family. I married a farmer in OK, so for the past 40 some years, my life and family are here, but I wanted to donate to your family. I just feel a connection to all of you and I know living in small communities is such a blessing. Peace and love.
I lost my father suddenly at the age of 5. I want to say that I am praying for you all. Know that God will take care of your girls. It will be difficult, but I am living proof that God is the perfect Daddy and He is more than enough to carry us through. I pray that they will intimately come to know God as Daddy and walk in the fullness of all that entails. You are loved.
Sorry for your loss, I pray the Lord will give you strength and peace to carry on. Though his time on earth was short, I'm sure he right beside you now. You and yor girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
God will always be with you
This outpouring of love and support from friends and people who have just read about this on Facebook blows my mind. God is Watching out for your family.
"God is within her, she will not fail" Psalms 46-5 This has become my motto. Have faith.
Today will be a day of heavy hearts for the Murnion family. Let us remember them in prayer. Although it is difficult this is also a time of rejoicing for the time this beautiful family has had together. May the Lord strengthen this family, protect this family and most of all hold them up with His victorious strong hand.
I can't help but coming back to this site time and time again. Anytime there is a loss, it is painful and difficult, but a sudden tragic loss like this seems so unbearable. There is hope. This may never make sense, but there will be a day when the thought of Owen comes to you and the sadness will have lifted. Remembering the joy and love he shared with Briana, the girls, his family and friends will be your refuge. I will be thinking of all of you throughout the day~
My heart goes out to you and your daughters and extended family. We will be lifting y'all up here Georgia. Thanks for sharing your story it gives you hope in people still. Prayers being sent your way. God Bless Your Family.
My condolences to the Murnions and all their loved ones. I also have to say what a wonderful thing the organizer(s) of this page are doing! Talk about a blessing to those who need one.
Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
bill ryan so sorry for your loss
So sorry for your loss