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Margaret Mary Murphy

Died: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Age: 88
Margaret Mary Murphy died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was 88.

She was born in 1925 into a proud Irish family and attended St. Paul on the Lake elementary and high schools. In the third grade, she met Gerald Nelson Murphy, whom she would later marry. Following the marriage, the couple built a house on Moross and they never moved while raising their six children, Pat, Mary Courtney, Bill, Charlie, Sheilah and Maureen. Her family was most important to her.

Mrs. Murphy attended Marygrove College, where she became a teacher. She was one of the first women to become a certified property manager. She managed her family and her own business before it was vogue to do so.

Her family said that while she was a truly accomplished woman, her greatest legacy is her gift to love people and to make a difference with the small things you do.

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her children, Patrick (Jeanie), Mary Courtney (the late Paul), William (the late Virginia), Charles (Shelly), Sheilah and Maureen (Leonard); grandchildren, Michael and Jason Murphy, Sean Courtney (Christy), Kelly McMichael (Brian), Colleen Murphy (Andrew Haskett), Brittany Murphy, Elizabeth Rogensues (Adam), Charles Murphy, Shannon and Brian Moy and Karl and Christopher Schneider and great-grandchildren, Erin Spaulding and Quinnlan McMichael.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Gerald Nelson Murphy; brothers, James and Charles Babcock and sister, Maylou (Closs-Williams).

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 24 at St. Hubert Catholic Church, Harrison Township.

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