Dorothy Murphy

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Dorothy Jewel Murphy
Long time Lynwood resident Dorothy Jewel Murphy, 85 died February 23, 2014 at her sister's home in Stanton, CA. She had been living with cancer. Dorothy was born July 19, 1928 in Lynwood, CA to Joseph W and Jewel L (Wilbur) Cronin. She attended Bell Gardens Elementary and graduated from Sacred Heart of Mary High School. She received her AA from Compton Community College and her BA from Los Angeles State College. She married William Murphy in 1949. They raised their family in Lynwood. Mrs. Murphy taught at Bell Gardens Elementary for two decades. She was a passionate and devoted educator always weaving her love for music and art into her curriculum. Upon her retirement the wing of the school she had taught in for several years was named in her honor. Dorothy had a variety of interests and talents. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and extended road trips. She was an accomplished seamstress, musician and crafter. As a youth she enjoyed a variety of sports and had many fond memories of her high school basketball team. Dorothy was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, gentleness and kindness. She brought love and beauty to every aspect of her life. She is survived by daughter Maureen and son-in-law Peter, daughter Patricia, and daughter Kathleen and husband Mark, and her sisters Mary Ellen and Sister Patricia. She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great grand-children, Irene, Anne, Andrew, William, Evan, Emily, Raven and Scout. Dorothy was preceded in death by William, her beloved husband of forty years. A vigil for Dorothy will be held on Monday March 3 at 6:30pm at All Souls Mortuary (4400 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach). A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday March 4 at 1030am at St. Anne's Catholic Church (340 10th Street, Seal Beach). To send the family a message, please visit the website at


Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014
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