Obituary: Murlene Horne

Murlene Horne
Murlene Horne

Murlene Horne, a 51-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away while surrounded by loving family on Monday, Aug. 26, of complications from Alzheimer’s. She was 89.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930 to Clint and Esta Robbins, Murlene was the delight of a household that included two older brothers, Hollis and Garland, both now deceased. She graduated from Paschal High School, worked at the historic F.W. Woolworth Building in downtown Fort Worth and also served as a dental assistant. By age 19 she fell in love with a fellow Paschal Panther alum, the handsome and athletic Jack Horne, after his return from serving on the high seas with the U.S. Navy and a stint as a sure-handed football receiver at Texas Christian University. Murlene and Jack eloped in 1950 and were devotedly married for 69 years. She maintained having tricked Jack into marriage after he quipped, “Maybe we should get married,” and she said, “OK.” Soon they were waking up the justice of the peace in nearby Weatherford to tie the knot, only to return to their respective parents’ homes and not yet mention their marriage.
Murlene and Jack brought four children into the world in Fort Worth — Valerie (Sims), Nancy (Ventura), Jack Jr., and Jill (Armstrong) — before moving to LCF in 1968; all four graduated from La Cañada High School.
Murlene volunteered proudly and enthusiastically at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for nearly 20 years. After surviving breast cancer in 1982, “Mur,” as she liked to be called, started joining Jack Sr. on his morning runs around the Rose Bowl and, true to her will and determined nature, built up to and ran the L.A. Marathon in 1987. She was loved by all who knew her, and while her presence will be missed for the kind, gentle, loving, dedicated and self-sacrificing person she was, her spirit is now with Jesus and she is probably laughing with shoulders bouncing at a memory they are sharing. Our beloved Mur, if not the perfect daughter, friend, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was indeed perfect for all of us.
Murlene is survived by her husband, Jack; four children; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials gifts: In lieu of flowers, and because Murlene believed that every child deserves the ability to smile, please consider donating to Smile Train at

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