Murphy, Suzan ("Sue") Hartwell
64, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on March 14, 2016 in Chandler, Arizona. She was born on February 25, 1952 in Ithaca, New York, but spent most of her life in Phoenix. She earned her bachelor's degree at ASU and her Masters in Public Health from the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. While at ASU, Sue met her husband and best friend, Mike Murphy. They were inseparable for 41 years. For the last 22 years, Sue worked for the U.S. Public Health Service at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Sue passionately served the Native community through the implementation of numerous health programs. In particular, Sue championed breastfeeding among new mothers, often taking late-night calls and meeting patients in their homes. Sue and Mike raised four children: Tim, Chris, Erin and Kate. They remember her as an ever-present source of support and positivity. She sewed their Halloween costumes and taught them how to change a flat tire. Her favorite thing to do was to share a meal with her family at their favorite restaurant, Don Jose's. Sue will be forever missed. She leaves a legacy of compassion and love that will survive in her children, grandchildren, her husband and the countless lives she enriched.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2016.