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Murray Mesquita, Jennifer S.
After a ten year battle with cancer, Jennifer S. Murray Mesquita, died on July 29, 2016 in Glendale, AZ at the age of 44. She leaves behind her devoted husband Frank Mesquita, her mother Sonja S. Phillips, her step daughter Haley Lanier, and her brother Philip Murray. Jennifer was born on March 8, 1972 in Salinas, CA, to William L. Murray and Sonja S. Phillips. She spent her first four years in California before moving with her parents and brother to Glendale in 1976. She was an exuberant child expressing joy in helping with household tasks, and had a deep affinity for any game she could share with her family. As she matured she fostered a lifelong and enduring fondness for literature. She enjoyed visiting the coastal towns and cities of California, and her trip to Paris, France was a cherished lifetime achievement. Jennifer's academic accomplishments were extensive, and included: a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Arizona State University, a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona, and a membership in the American Association of Law Libraries. Jennifer completed her course of studies at both institutions with honors. Spanning eighteen years, Jennifer's career in law included positions with: U of A, ASU, USC, Greenberg and Traurig, Arizona Supreme Court, and Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County. Resolute throughout her struggle with cancer, Jennifer remained in her position at Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County until just one month prior to her passing. As well as her immediate family, Jennifer leaves behind extended family, primarily in Texas, Arizona, and California, that includes the Brewer, Mesquita, and Phillips families. The family extends thanks to the Mayo Clinic and the Virginia Piper Cancer Center. Support from her friend Tahlya Visintainer has been invaluable. Jennifer requested that she be cremated and that her ashes be left in the care of her mother. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to .
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 7, 2016
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