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Marion Scott Murphy

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Marion Scott Murphy Obituary
July 18, 1921 - November 30, 2016 Marion Scott Murphy passed away on November 30th, 2016 at the age of 95. She contributed to Pasadena's institutions, notably Pasadena City College (PCC) where she was President of the Faculty Senate, Dean of Personnel, longtime teacher of English and co-founder of the PCC Retired Teachers Association. She also served on the Advisory Board of St. Philip School and as a lector at St. Philip Church. Born on July 18, 1921 in Forsyth, Montana to Joseph Paulsen Scott (born as Josef Paulsen Skotte in Lesje, Norway) and Iza Scott (born in Kossuth, Iowa), she was raised in Portland, Oregon. Graduating Grant High School as valedictorian, she was given a full merit scholarship at nearby Marylhurst College. She earned her M.A. at Claremont College. Inspired by the sisters at Marylhurst, Marion found meaning in the Catholic Church and attended Mass daily. In 1943, at age 21, she married Timothy Ignatius Murphy of San Francisco and became the devoted mother of five children. She treasured the ring that had the five birthstones of her children. Four of her five children would graduate from PCC and all five pursued careers of service to others. Son Timothy became an Assistant Superintendent of Schools and a mentor and coach to L.A. County educators trying to improve low-income and under-performing school districts. David served for 20 years as a school district superintendent. Marianne became a therapist in the Bay Area and a leader in her profession in that region. Kevin is an economist in Washington DC working on poverty reduction strategies for developing countries. Even at age 68, she went river rafting with all of them, which seemed a metaphor for her strength, determination and ability to successfully navigate life's challenges. An avid traveler, she achieved her goal of visiting all seven continents including Antarctica and Africa. Her last international trip was taken to Egypt, sailing up the Nile River at age 88 in the company of two of her sons. Marion's youngest child, Erin, became a nurse through PCC and graduated from California State University at Northridge. Erin suffered from debilitating diabetes and kidney difficulties. Erin, who never married, became Marion's constant companion, her ailments inviting a mother's attention. They formed a unique mother-daughter team at the Pasadena Highlands Retirement Community until Erin passed away on January 12th, 2016. Marion Murphy will be remembered at a Funeral Mass, along with her daughter Erin at her beloved St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena at 151 South Hill Avenue 9:30 AM on Monday, December 12th, 2016 followed by a celebration of life in the parish hall. Condolence emails to family members and reflections on Marion's life can be sent to [email protected] and will be welcome by the family. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 8, 2016
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