Suzan "Sue" Murphy
1952 - 2016
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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.



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Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2016.
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January 7, 2018
I worked with Sue at PIMC when I was a student during my summer externship. We worked on the Breastfeeding data, which later was presented at conferences. We both knew the importance of breastfeeding. I'm happy to see that her work is implemented still. Sue gave encouragement to me while I completed my Acupuncture and Herbal studies and again while studying for the National Boards...I'm shocked to learn of her passing. Sue, you're a beautiful soul.
Tina Rae Begay
May 10, 2016
She was truly a blessing to our family ... May You Forever Rest In Paradise Sue
Marc Camacho
May 10, 2016
We are very sad to hear of your passing. I am very thankful to have had you enter our lives when Marc & I first became parents. You taught us so much and for that I will always be blessed to have known you. You and your words of encouragement, smile, and kindness will always be in our hearts and memory. I will miss our visits so very much. Rest in peace my friend Sue.
Cheri Camacho
April 19, 2016
Sue's sunny humor and personality will be missed at USBC meetings and conferences. Her dedication to supporting breastfeeding within IHS is legendary, and I'm deeply saddened to hear of her death. Peace.
Linda Smith
April 18, 2016
I am saddened to hear of Sue's passing. I worked with her at PIMC and learned a lot from her. She was vigilant in encouraging young mothers to breastfeed. I have fond memories of her sessions in the evenings to teach the expectant moms the importance of breastfeeding for the health of the children of Indian families. Sue was always smiling and genuinely cared for her co-workers and patients. God Speed Sue.
Esta Coin
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