Katherine Elizabeth MURPHY

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MURPHY, Katherine Elizabeth (Morris) - Kay Murphy of Toronto passed away on November 12, 2012 at Toronto East York General Hospital. Kay was born on September 21, 1929 at the station house of CNR in Souris, PE. She is survived by her 5 loving daughters: Susan, Cindy and husband James Zien, Mary-Lou, Pat and Paula. Beloved grandmother to Ashleigh, Alexia, Aaron, Kate, Ian, Melissa, Alana and Neva and great- grandmother to Amayah and Avery. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews. Kay is also fondly remembered by Eugene and Pheda Murphy of Peterborough. Predeceased by her parents P.L. and Ella (nee MCMahon) Morris, her brother George Pope Morris and sister Paula Anne Szwawra. Kay was someone who stood up for what she thought was right and she spent much of her later life working to raise awareness of issues dear to her heart. She joined the board of Development and Peace, volunteered with the Catholic New Times Paper and finally found her real home at The Canadian Association in Support of the Native Peoples (CASNP), later known as the Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with the Native Peoples. At CASNP she found a "different way of looking at life" and many dear friends. Kay's life centered on her family and she did everything possible from knitting sweaters, sewing quilts, making pickles and baking short bread cookies to listening to your latest calamity, to show her love and support. She never wanted to miss out on any family gathering, no matter how small. She loved her hometown village of Kinkora and graduated in 1951 with an RN degree from Charlottetown Hospital where she met many lifelong friends. She loved books, playing cards and continued her interest in politics by attending current events sessions and various courses well into her 70s. The family will receive friends at a gathering to celebrate Kay's life on Saturday, November 17th from 3-5 p.m. There will be an opportunity for guests to share stories and memories at 4 p.m. The location is Morley Bedford Funeral Services, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre by contacting Andrea Chrisjohn, 416-360-4350. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.morleybedford.ca

Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 14, 2012
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