Wichitan leaves $725,000 to Wichita Community Foundation

07/25/2013 8:45 AM

07/25/2013 8:45 AM

A Wichita woman has left $725,000 to the Wichita Community Foundation because she liked the city.

Cleo Clemons Murney, who left the gift, died in December 2011.

“This is a true gift, given without restrictions,” said Shelly Pritchard, the foundation’s president and CEO in a news release issued Wednesday by the foundation.

Prichard said the foundation’s board will decide how the money will be used.

Cleo Clemons was born in 1923 in Benton County, Ark. She was a graduate of Wichita East High School and also attended the University of Oklahoma from 1943 to 1947.

After college, she married Wichitan Neil Murney, who sold real estate and was the owner of a liquor store. He was also a member of the Last Man’s Club, 14 friends who formed a club of friendship when they graduated from East High School in 1937 and remained steadfast friends until the last man died in 2011. Neil Murney died in 2001 and “was the love of her life and she adored him,” according to the news release.

Throughout much of her adult life, Cleo Murney did volunteer work with the Junior League of Wichita.

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