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Alice H. Murphree, age 90 died peacefully at her daughter's home in Gainesville, FL on Sunday May 6, 2012. Born Alice Marie Hansen in West Palm Beach, FL on October 26, 1921 to William and Olive Hansen, she grew up in and around New York City and graduated from Hempsted High School in 1938. After meeting at Eglin Air Force Base, Alice married Clyde E. "Murph" Murphree in 1944 and they moved to Gainesville, FL not long afterwards. She received a Bachelor's degree in English and then later a Master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Both Alice and Clyde were faculty members at the university. Alice was an Applied Anthropologist in Community Health and Family Medicine and she helped start the very first medical clinic in LaFayette County, FL. She had a firm, life long belief in giving back to one's community.

Alice raised three children, John Clyde Murphree, William "Billy" Murphree, and Jill Murphree. After retiring from the University of Florida, she went on to become and accomplished artist, often painting lanscapes in Alabama and North Florida. She also worked for many years on the board of the Art Association in St. Augustine, FL where she and Clyde settled and lived for the last 25 years. Alice remained independent and active in her final days.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, her son John, and her parents and is survived by her son William "Billy" Murphree of St. Augustine and her daughter Jill ( Edd ) Murphree-Leitner of Gainesville, grand daughters Laura Alice Murphree of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Amy Elizabeth Murphree of Anna Maria Island, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to honor her many rescue dogs to your local Humane Society. Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S, Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 8 to May 9, 2012
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