Jean Murphy

Posted 3/25/20

MARSHALL ­- Jean Lovett Murphy, 88, of Marshall, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Willowbrook Memory Care.

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Jean Murphy

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MARSHALL ­ - Jean Lovett Murphy, 88, of Marshall, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Willowbrook Memory Care.

Due to current social restrictions and our concern for family and friends services in honor of her life will be limited to immediate family only. Services will be private. Thank you for understanding. Pearce Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Murphy was born May 10, 1931, at Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Temple and Mary Hogue Lovett. Having grandparents in Illinois often brought Jean to the Marshall area. Born a city girl, her dreams of marrying a farmer drove her to the countryside. It was there she met her life partner, an only child named George Thomas Murphy, an area farmer. Upon tying the knot on Feb. 13, 1950, in her parent’s home they began rural living on Dolson Prairie. She left the city life behind and became a dedicated farmer’s wife with no running water and no indoor toilet. Her husband needed some farm hands so born to their union were Tom, Brian and Mariann.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Sally) Murphy, Brian (Cherise) Murphy and Mariann (Brian) Schaefer; grandchildren, Jeff (Amy) Murphy, Gayle (Jay) Rayhel, Carrie (Scott) Miller, Clint Murphy, Erin (Tim) McHenry, Sean Murphy, Daniel Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Anna Murphy, Erika (Justin) Dickerson and Nolan (Brittany) Schaefer; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; two nieces, Margaret (Tony) Malone and Mary Jane (Larry) Bender and their families.

Mrs. Murphy spent several years involved in 4-H as a club leader where many young 4-H’ers learned to sew with her guidance. She pursued her love for sewing and teamed up with her sister Anne Kile. Together they created six beautiful wedding gowns for family members.

She was blest to have had so many wonderful family members and special ladies who provided her with personal care in her residence so she could remain on the farm for several years. As dementia progressed, God opened a door for personal care in Willowbrook Memory Care of Marshall where she passed peacefully in the arms of Jesus, her personal saviour.

The saying stands proven, “You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”

The family of Jean thanks everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Clark County 4-H Foundation or the First Congregational Church.

Online condolences at www.pearcefuneralservices.com.