Born Lena Frances Murphy on March 20, 1920 in La Plata, New Mexico, Lena was the first born for Michael and Bernice Murphy. She was raised in Breen, Colorado, and at the age of 15 when her father passed away, she helped care for her four younger brothers, and one sister. One evening at a grange hall dance, she met a handsome young man from Ignacio, Colorado. Kenneth Hiner and Lena were married August 23rd, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, and a year later their son David was born.
Lena returned home, and their son Bruce was born in Durango in 1944. After Kenneth came back from serving overseas in the war, they operated a dairy farm on the Florida River until 1969. At that time they sold the farm and moved into town. Lena worked at Sweetbriar's, a women's clothing store, for several years. Her last job was at Hamon Glass Factory, which she really enjoyed.
Lena's favorite pastimes were sewing, crocheting, and baking home-made bread and cinnamon rolls. But she was at her happiest when her home was filled with family and friends, and she was preparing a fabulous feast for them.
Lena passed peacefully in her sleep with family around her on January 29, 2021. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 70 years, Kenneth Hiner, and all of her younger siblings, John Murphy, Bill Murphy, Ray Murphy, Nellie 'Goldie' Monteith, and Jay Murphy. All of whom she loved and missed so dearly. It is of great comfort to know that she has reunited with them.
She is survived by two sons David and Bruce. Daughter-in-law Linda Hiner, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are planned for 11am on March 20, 2021, on what would be Lena's 101st birthday, at the Durango Cowboy Church, 1867 Hwy 172 Durango, CO 81303.
Published in Pine River Times on Mar. 8, 2021.