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Mary Murphy


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
MARY MAXINE MURPHY Mary Maxine Murphy died July 9, 2017, at her home in Red Bluff. She was 89 years old. She was born Mary Maxine Stackhouse on December 26, 1927, in Chico California. She was the daughter of Charlie and Pearl Stackhouse of Chico. Her siblings included four sisters and one brother. She grew up in Chico, and was a happy kid in a small town. She enjoyed riding her bike everywhere, going to movies at the El Rey and the Senator, eating ice cream at Shubert's, and swimming at the One Mile Dam. While attending Chico High School, she fell in love with Jack Murphy. She was a cheerleader and he was a football star. Shortly after Jack returned from the Pacific after WW II, they were married on January 5, 1947. She was nineteen at the time of her marriage. She and Jack were married for fifty-nine years until his death in 2006. In the early part of her marriage, she was primarily a homemaker and a wonderful mom to three kids. She was always the mom you could count on for everything. After the kids were older, she worked part-time in the Gerber Post Office for 27 years. She quickly became known as a caring person. She assisted people in writing letters, sending money home to their families, was a good listener, and generally helped people. She was a gifted artist, and if a sign or picture was needed for a community event, she was the one who volunteered. Such was life in a small town, and she contributed greatly to her community and was loved and respected by many. She is survived by sons Michael (Laurie), Mark (Peggy) and a daughter, Erin Strand (Rick). She has seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a surviving sister, Donna Bridges (Conrad) of Chico, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at Glen Oaks Cemetery in Chico where she will be laid to rest in the Veterans section next to her husband. The family extends special thanks and sincere gratitude to her in-home Caregivers who worked day and night to make her comfortable during the past few years. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 14, 2017
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