Lorna was born in Southeast NE and raised on a farm in Nemaha County. She graduated from Bratton Union High School near Humboldt, NE. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Peru State College and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her teaching career began in a one room rural schools. She also taught at Johnson Public Schools, Wahoo Public Schools and Adams Public Schools. She retired from teaching at Freeman Public Schools, in Adams.
Lorna married Delbert McMurray and they raised four children. She is currently a member of Sheridian Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
Lorna served on the Homestead Chapter of the Thrivent Financial Board and also the Freeman Chapter of the Teammates Board. She is a Teammates mentor.