Mary Murphy

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October 11, 1926 - March 29, 2015

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Thursday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Westerville Christian Church


Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Westerville Christian Church


Washington Park East, Indianapolis, IN


Mary Evelyn ( Kern) Murphy, Lewis Center, OH, 10/11/26 – 3/29/2015
Born in Indianapolis, IN to Lavena and Cleo Kern, she spent much of her childhood between Indianapolis and Walnut Hill, IL. It was while living in Walnut Hill that she attended and graduated from Centralia High School. She was a self-taught musician who played the piano for Sunday services at the Walnut Hill Methodist church as well as the accordion and harmonica. Upon her marriage to William Edmun Murphy ( Ed) in 1948 they started their married life in Indianapolis where they raised two daughter, Mary Sloane Rikhoff ( Rick) and Frances Lynne. Mary was employed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, first at the Finance Center and later at Supply Depot for the 5th Army. She retired after 30 plus years, but returned later to the PX as a stock clerk. While living in Indianapolis she became a member of the North Eastwood Christian Church, where she was an active member for many years. Upon moving to Lewis Center, OH in 1998, she became a member of the Westerville Christian Church and member of WOW (Westerville Older Wonders). She loved music, crossword puzzles and needlework of all sorts and especially her little dogs that were he constant companions. The family would like to thank the Worthington Christian Village, 6th Floor Assisted Living staff for their kind and gentle care during her stay there for the past 5 months. Also, Beth Kohler of Home Instead, who spent many years caring for and being Mary’s loving companion as she progressed through the aging process. Viewing will be held at the Westerville Christian Church in the Fireside Room on Thursday, April 2nd at 10:00AM with funeral services following immediately thereafter at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Washington Park East, Indianapolis, Ind. Arrangements by MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, Westerville. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Westerville Benevolence Fund and the Delaware County Dog Shelter.

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