Anita Wingate Murphy

Anita Wingate Murphy, 84, of Beaumont Colony, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Silsbee Convalescent Center. Anita was born May 15, 1927, adopted by Louise and Ralph Wingate in Oakhurst, Oklahoma. She was a stewardess for Continental Airlines for three years before marrying James B. Murphy. A resident of Beaumont since 1954, James and Anita operated a beauty supply business for twenty-four years. In 1980, Anita founded the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild. She enjoyed creating quilts, designing garments, and producing quilted pictorial wall hangings. Anita is survived by her two sons, James B. Murphy II of Kountze and Ralph Murphy and his wife, Juanita of San Antonio; two daughters, Anita Finley of Gulfport, Mississippi and Mary Fears and her husband, Bill of Lumberton; eight grandchildren, Cecelia Garrett, Mauria Yap, Beau Dumesneil, Kimberly Richardson, Christina Fears, Jessica Murphy, Anita Murphy and Ralph Murphy II; and seven great grandchildren, Colton Richardson, Aubree Fears, Alexander Yap, Zachary Yap, James King, Abigail Garrett and Sam Garrett. Anita is preceded in death by her loving husband of thirty-seven years, James B. Murphy; and her daughter, Ellen Dumesneil. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Infant Jesus Catholic Church, 243 South L.H.S. Drive, Lumberton, under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Rosary will be recited 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Broussard's with a gathering of her family and friends to follow. A family committal will be held at Broussard's Crematorium. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Silsbee Convalescent Center for all their love and care. In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship in nursing at Lamar University has been established in the name of James B. and Anita Murphy, P. O. Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710. Complete and updated information may be found at

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on July 13, 2011