Ethel L. "Aunt Lutie" Murphy, 101, of Marshall, died Monday, July 28, 2003, at The Living Center in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Marshall. Pastor I.B.S. Groves Jr. will officiate. Music will be provided by soloist L.C. Wood, who will sing "When I See Jesus," and the congregation will sing "Come and Go to that Land" and "May the Work I've Done Speak for Me." Arrangements are under the direction of Green Funeral Chapel in Marshall.
Born Aug. 5, 1901, in Nelson, she was the daughter of the late Walter B. and Lizzie Jane Armstrong Murphy. She married Isaiah "Doughbelly" Hamilton, whom she divorced. She later married Rev. Alonzo Fitch, whom she divorced. On June 7, 1938, she joined the Estella Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Atchison, Kan. She moved to Topeka, Kan., and joined the Bethany Chapter No. 7 Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation. She was educated in the Saline County area and during her last marriage, attended and graduated from Western Baptist Bible College in Kansas City and Coffeyville College in Coffeyville, Kan. She was an elementary school teacher and taught all the grades in Sweet Springs and Napton before integration. She then retired from teaching and moved back to Topeka, becoming a homemaker and doing missionary work. While married to Fitch, she lived in Atchison, Kan., and was first lady of several churches. In 1964, she began working as a coffee maker and ladies attendant for the staff at Victory Life Insurance Company in Topeka. In 1984, she moved back to the Marshall area.
Survivors include two nephews; two nieces; and several greatnieces and nephews, great-greatnieces and nephews and great-great-greatnieces and nephews.