Judy Murphy passed away on the morning of July 4th. She devoted her entire life to serving others. She taught music while her husband was in college; she chose to be a stay-at-home mom while her children were in school; and she was a foster mother to infants awaiting adoption.
Throughout much of her life Judy was involved in church work, including teaching C.C.E. for students with special needs for several years. Later she was employed by St. Catherine of Siena in many roles, including pastoral care.
In her later years, Judy decided to pursue her lifelong dream of service in the field of medicine. She worked in the office of a hospice agency in Houston, TX, and while in her sixties, went back to school to earn her Licensed Vocational Nursing Degree; earning a scholarship for her studies along the way. Her final years of employment were spent as an L.V.N. in an in-patient hospice unit. Judy retired from her nursing service in order to care for her husband, Greg, who had been diagnosed with dementia.
In October of 2016, after a seizure, Judy herself began showing signs of dementia and, after several years of receiving care in the home, she had most recently moved into an assisted living facility.
In spite of living with a rare lung disease for more than 40 years, which resulted in progressive COPD, Judy always greeted life with enthusiasm, joy, great courage, and strength; and she never failed to offer kindness and compassion to others. Judy is survived by her daughter Cathy, her son Stephen, her son-in-law Jack, her sister and brother-in-law Betsy and Carl, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Jeanette, and her nephew and his wife, Adam and Ashlie. She will be greatly missed by her family and her friends.