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Zela Christeen Murphy


1915 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Zela Christeen Murphy Obituary
Zela Christeen Murphy August 22, 1915 - July 31, 2012 Zela Christeen Murphy, 96, of Bakersfield, California, passed on to Heaven on July 31, 2012. She was at peace in her home during her final days, surrounded by loved ones. She will remain in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who knew her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She truly reflected the grace of God in all she accomplished here on earth. Zela was born August 22, 1915 in Como, Texas. She graduated from Auston Beauty College in Bakersfield in 1941, and worked in Texas and California as a cosmetologist for many years. In 1967, she moved to Battle Mountain, Nevada to farm. In 1985 she returned to Bakersfield to be near her daughter, Mary Beth, and her family. Zela is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth Ryman and husband Dennis; her three grandchildren, Garrick King and wife Cyndi, Stephanie Dodenhoff and husband Brad, Stacie Luttrell and husband Mark; and her great-grandchildren, Lynne and Taylor King, Jeff Harrington, Brittany, Sean, and Alexis Dodenhoff, Kolby Halley, and Callie Beth Luttrell. Zela is also survived by her step-daughters, Connie Shutte and husband Sam, Lynda Brewer and husband Mike; her grandchildren Nicole Lewis, Cameron and Danielle Brewer; and her great-grandchildren Rachel, Charles, Elizabeth, and Trinity. The funeral services will be Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 9:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield with graveside services immediately following. Visitation is Monday, August 6, 2012, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 12:30 p.m., at Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive, Bakersfield. The family would like to give special thanks to her loving caregiver Maria, as well as her other care givers. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Kern City Community Church, or your preferred charity. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2012
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