Christina Angela Murphy, 64, of Fairbanks, passed away at home, surrounded by her family on Feb. 12, 2013.|
Christina, known by her Inupiaq name, Agnoyuk, by her family members, was born in King Island on Dec. 3, 1948, to Edward Sr. and Margaret Penatac. Christina was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt, cousin and a friend to many. Christina was raised on King Island until age 10, when her family moved to Nome in summer 1958.
She attended Chilaco Indian School for a few years when many Alaska Native teens were sent away from home to attend high school. In 1970, Christina moved to Fairbanks with her husband, Charles Murphy, and they had two girls, Carol and Cheryl Murphy. Christina also raised her grandchildren, Steven, James, and Carina Murphy.
Christina lived the rest of her years in Fairbanks where she enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with her family. Christina shot a buffalo about 10 years ago. The buffalo hide is proudly displayed at their home. Christina always kept her home cleaned and maintained well.
In her early years, she enjoyed picking berries nearby Fairbanks. As the Fairbanks population grew in her favorite berry patch, she jokingly would tell her family members that she picked berries at Safeway or Fred Meyer stores. That became her trademark story to her family. Her April fools jokes that her family members took each time, will be missed also. Christina enjoyed country music, old rock 'n' roll songs and all-time favorite Elvis Presley.
Christina enjoyed attending the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Festival of Native Arts in Fairbanks to see her family and relatives, the King Island Eskimo Dancers perform, until the world famous King Island Eskimo Dancers stopped attending both activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Sr. and Margaret Penatac.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles Murphy; cherished children, Carol and Cheryl Murphy; adored grandchildren, Steven, James and Carina Murphy; her members of huge family; Gemma Carlisle, Raymond Penatac, Francis and Vera Penatac, Helen Penatac, Clara and Ed Trump, Edward Jr. Penatac, Grace Penatac-Bouse, Gerald "Everly" Penatac, Joe Penatac, George Penatac Sr., Philip Penatac, Alfred Penatac, Roberta and Bill von Reichbauer and Gabriel Penatac. Christina is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and relatives. Christina will be greatly missed by her family and close friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 18, 2013, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, 415 Illinois Street, Fairbanks, AK.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Charles Murphy, 306 Gloria Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 to help defray the funeral arrangements costs.
Arranged are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 18, 2013