Violet Francis Murphy (1998 - 2017)

Obituary
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Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident, Ms. Violet Francis Murphy, 19, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at home in Kenai.

Memorial services will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at The Soldotna Church of Nazarene.

Violet was born Jan. 5, 1998 in Soldotna. She attended Soldotna Nazarene Church and Kenai Christian Church.

Her family wrote, "Violet, another angel taken too soon, was a blessing and a joy to our family and all those who knew her. We didn't focus on what she couldn't do, because that wasn't who she was. When we looked at Violet, we saw a beautiful young woman who was so smart, strong, and amazing, that she inspired those around her to try harder and to be more. Her smile could light up the room. When she laughed, it could fill your soul with joy. Violet loved her family unconditionally (but she did play favorites). She had the rare ability to show her love without ever saying a word. Violet overcame so much, she was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Violet helped us discover ourselves and who we are today. She showed us that we are stronger than we know. Every day she inspired us to find joy in the smallest of things, the way she found joy in her family, friends, caregivers, and her books! Oh, how she loved her books!

"Day in and day out, she was incredibly strong. She continued to persevere even when faced with unbelievable obstacles. She taught us; strength is not measured by who is the biggest or best, it is measured by your determination to continue in the face of hardships even when you feel you have nothing left. Because of that, Violet was the strongest person we knew. Violet helped us to see that we need to seize the moment and make the best of what life gives us. She taught us to be patient, kind, loving, and nurturing. Finally, she gave the gift of beauty, her life wasn't easy, and it wasn't the most glamorous. Despite it all, she taught us that we can see past the difficulties and find the beauty that is always there. Though Violet did not speak verbally, her voice and thoughts could always be heard. She was beloved as a loved one, daughter, sister and friend. Her gentle smile, award winning laugh and spunky attitude will forever be missed."

She was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Murphy; cousins, Wayne Bird and Joe Ernst; and grandpa, Don Schriver.

She is survived by her parents, Tim and Raelynne Murphy; brothers, Devin, Shannon, Aidan, and Brody Murphy of Kenai; sister and niece, Jacqueline Akers and Aili Hammond of Sweet Home, Oregon; grandparents, Dian Bird, and Robert Stroman of Kenai, Mark and Shari Turner of McKinney, Texas, Roger and Nita Murphy of Billings, Montana, and Deborah and Gale Glass of Clam Gulch; great-grandparents, Pat and Elmer Bird of Funny River; great-grandmother Rose Mendoza of Toledo, Oregon; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, and Peru.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 7, 2017