Rosie Murphy was a hell of a woman, for just one woman. Born Rose Anne Malone in Barry, Vt., in January 1949, Rosie lived in Florida before moving to Alaska at age nine. A reasonable amount of time later, she met her husband, Tom Murphy, at Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage and left school to return to Kenai, Alaska, soon after they married. Described as a left-leaning liberal feminist, she touched the lives of hundreds of dance students at the Master Dance Studio and many others performers with her choreography for the Peninsula Dancers, Pier One Theatre, the Kenai Performers and Kenai High School productions. She was an accomplished seamstress and costumer designer as well as being a dancer, actor and choreographer. In 2005, she and her husband, her two daughters and their families moved to Ireland, the country where her father and all her mother's and father's ancestors were born. She loved Ireland and had lived in there for 11 years at the time of her death. Rosie's parents and brother, Hugh, preceded her in death. She is survived by Tom, her husband of 48 years; her daughters, Catie and Deirdre; her grandsons, Breic, Seirid and Henry; her sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Peter; her sister-in-law, Deb; her brother, Patrick; her sons-in-law, Ted Lee and Gavin Gleeson; and many beloved nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Rosie Murphy Scholarship Fund at the Encore Dance Academy in Kenai, Alaska. Contributions can be made to the Rosie Murphy Dance Fund at First National Bank Alaska, account #70755533/routing #5002000025, or through PayPal via email@example.com.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Oct. 30, 2016