Garfield Country High school was standing room only yesterday when Jordan lay to rest their dear friend, Owen Murnion. It was a blistery day, and despite terrible roads coming in to Jordan from every direction, the community showed up.
The service was supposed to start at 11am, but ended up beginning closer to 1130am. Friends and family just kept coming and coming.
Owen’s wife of 9 years, Brianna Murnion led the funeral procession dressed in black and white. Brianna led their seven daughters, also dressed in black and white.
[EasyDNNGallery|1190|Width|400|Height|400|position|left|resizecrop|False|lightbox|False|title|False|description|False|redirection|False|LinkText||]The service was led by Pastor K.J. Ellington, the leader of Owen’s family church, Community Bible Church. One of Owen’s close friends, Jake Stroh gave the Eulogy.
Both speakers reflected on two things: How much Owen loved the Lord, and how dearly Owen loved his family.
One of the most heart-wrenching moments of the day, was watching the seven girls place white roses upon the casket. When 5-year old Hayden, had placed her rose she ran into her Mother’s arms and wept inconsolably. The community stood there with Hayden, together fighting the cold, harsh wind and deluge of painful emotions that surrounded the cemetery, overlooking Jordan.
The Murnion’s saving grace yesterday and tomorrow will continue to be their family and their friends. Thankfully, both Owen and Brianna’s parents live nearby. And although the word “neighbors” means something slightly different in Garfield County, the Murnion family has neighbors from miles and miles around.
To date, the community has stepped forward with over $80,000 in support of Brianna and the girls. So, although our hearts are breaking for this beautiful family, separated by death, let our hearts also be warmed by the outpouring of support from people who are willing to put their money, right where there hearts are.
© Northern Ag Network 2015