Gladys Murphy


Former Craig resident Gladys Murphy died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in Albuquerque, N.M. following a short illness. She was 90.

Murphy was born in Moffat County, Colo., on April 2, 1912, the daughter of Isaac Rhodes and Effie Miller and lived most of her life in Craig. She married Cecil Murphy on Nov. 1, 1931 and they homesteaded on the Elkhead River, later moving to a farm on Breeze Basin.

While in Craig she was an active member and officer of many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women, which named her Woman of the Year, the Cemetery Association and Alpha Tau Sorority. She was a longtime member of the Mites Society and the First Christian Church.

Murphy worked for many years as a bookkeeper at the Craig National Bank, Moffat County Creamery and Craig Furniture.

She moved to Albuquerque in 1996 to be near her daughters.

Murphy is survived by daughters, Cecile (Gerry) Adams, of Budapest, Hungary, Rose Ann (John) Porter, of Baku, Azerbaijan, and Debra (Roy) Thornton of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Tracey Hedges, Kelly (Juergen) Hedges-Klenk, Laura (Jim) Ellenbecker, Megan Adams, Sarah, Cory, and George Thornton, Deborah Alston and Sandra Welz; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Lucero, Alexander and Elena Klenk, Danny and Nathan Ellenbecker, Beverly Romero, Joe, David, and Thomas Phillips, Krista Kelly, and Joshua and Caleb Welz; great-great-grandchildren, Kayla and Hayley Kelly and Allysa and Jena-Lynn Phillips; nieces, Barbara Vukanovich and Sherry Blackwell; and nephews Gregory Gisebert and Gary Geiger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Cecil Murphy, and a son, Harold Glen.

Murphy had a long and happy life. She was a friend to all and an inspiration to her family. She will be deeply missed.

Services were held on Feb. 7, 2003, at the First Christian Church in Craig with Mervin Johnson officiating. Organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "Whispering Hope," and "In the Garden."

Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Adams, Roy Thornton, Gale Norman, John Allen, John Porter, Gene Murphy, Dan Davidson and Lucky Sampson.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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