Private memorial services and inurnment for Viola A. “Babs” Murphy, 92, of Lawrence, KS will be at a later date. She died on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence.
She was born on September 28, 1919 in Wayside, KS, the daughter of Oscar & Susan Beard Maupin.
Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker and also had owned a peach and apple orchard in Conway Springs, KS for many years. She had lived in Conway Springs, KS for twenty years and Aurora, CO for thirty years, before moving to Lawrence just three weeks ago.
She loved life in many ways including her family, the mountains, and animals, especially dogs.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Aurora Book Club, and the Aurora Women’s Club. Formerly, she served her daughters as a PTA member, a frequent school room mother, and a costume maker.
She was married to Claude “Pat” Murphy on September 11, 1939 in Ottawa, KS. He preceded her in death April 19, 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheila (husband, John) Immel of Lawrence, KS, Patricia (husband, Dennis) Johnson of Centennial, CO; four grandchildren; Jamie Immel Turner, Jennifer Immel Oldridge, Taylor Johnson Foster, and Alexandra Murphy Johnson; and five great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.