Age 99 ~ Passed away Sept. 3, 2013 at Cerenity Marian Care Center in St. Paul, MN. She was born June 22, 1914 to Albert W. and Elizabeth Jane (Sims) Murrish, on a farm between Dodgeville and Mineral Point, WI. She was married on September 18, 1948, to Robert E. Emery who predeceased her in 2002. She is survived by two children, Richard (Bridget) Emery, Medicine Lake, MN and Mary (John) Shearen, White Bear Lake, MN, as well as three grandchildren, Chris (Sarah) Shearen, Mollie (Conor) Murphy, and William Shearen. She is also survived by a sister, Patricia Schleicher of Verona, WI, three great granddaughters, Rowan and Charlotte Murphy and Emery Shearen, several nieces, nephews and many friends. Two sisters predeceased her, Mary Jane Brewer in 1977 and Margaret Kinney in 2011. Elizabeth received a diploma in nursing from Madison General Hospital in Madison, WI in 1935. In the 1940's she was the tuberculosis nurse consultant for the State of Wisconsin. Elizabeth received a B.S. degree in nursing in 1943 and an M.S. in public health in 1973, both from the University of Minnesota and was a professor of nursing at the College of St. Benedict and Gustavus Adolphus College. She was a true, natural beauty, even at the age of 99 and was a loving, patient, kind and gentle wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Services will be held 11:00AM Saturday, October 26 at St.John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, White Bear Lake, MN, followed by a luncheon. Memorials preferred to the Bayfield Wisconsin Regional Conservancy or Cerenity Marian Care Center of St. Paul. We want to extend our deep gratitude to Cerenity Marian Care Center and staff for their exceptional, attentive, loving and respectful care of Dibity during the last 5+ years.
Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 15, 2013