Willie A. Murphy, 87

FEB. 18, 1925-OCT. 8, 2012

October 09, 2012
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Mrs. Willie Adelaide Murphy, 87, of Frederick, Md., passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at her residence.

She was the wife of the late Merhl Henry Thomas Murphy, who died in 1983. 

Born Feb. 18, 1925, in Frederick, she was the daughter of the late William Edgar and Stella Mae Roberts Shaff.

She was a 1942 graduate of Frederick High School.

Willie was a sales associate for J.C. Penney, retiring in 1988 after 22 years service. She also worked at Sagner's Sewing Factory in Frederick.

Willie was a life member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the women's Sunday school class and the THEOS group.

Mrs. Murphy was very active in her community, and was a member of Feagaville Community Food and Friends, Ballenger Community Civic Association, Ballenger Grange 341, Frederick County Pomona Grange 11 and Maryland State Grange, and a seventh-degree member of the National Grange, as well as a member of the Red Hatter of the Raven Belles.

In addition to her dedicated work with her church and grange, Willie enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking, but mostly loved spending time with her family, especially her only grandchild, Shay, as well as her beloved family pets, "Cutie Pie" and "Pie Face."

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy A. Main and husband, Bob, of Hagerstown, and Sharon K. Murphy of Frederick; her granddaughter, Sharon "Shay" Heatherly of Frederick; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Simmons of Hershey, Pa.; and a brother-in-law, Howard H. Murphy and wife, Anna Mae, of Urbana, Md.

Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by three sisters, Catherine R. Willard, Dorothy P. Flook and Ruth C. Green.

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 5462 Jefferson Pike, (Feagaville) Frederick, with Pastors Sandy Evans Rogers and Kenneth Gill officiating. Interment will take place at the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, where a memorial service by the Pomona Grange will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21211; or Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.

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