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Christine Murphy

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Christine Murphy, 80, of rural Gilliam, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

Cremation. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Slater Christian Church. Rev. Debbie Roath will officiate. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "In The Garden" and "Church In The Wildwood." Burial will be in the Slater City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.

Born Feb. 21, 1926, in rural Gilliam, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Minnie Lakin Hay. On Dec. 26, 1946, in Columbia, she married Francis H. Murphy, who preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1988. She was a member of Slater Christian Church. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa sorority, Quilters Guild, a torch bearer of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Orphan Train Riders Society. She was a graduate of Slater High School and Columbia College with a degree in education. She taught science and math in schools in Iowa and Missouri for 30 years until her retirement. She later was a substitute teacher in rural Saline County and Glasgow schools. She returned to rural Gilliam in 1989 from Preston.

Survivors include two sons, William Murphy and John Murphy, both of rural Gilliam; three daughters, Pat Egesdal of Moberly, Georgia Bennett of New Hartford, Iowa, and Mary Funk of St. Joseph; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Leander Hay.