Bessie Murphy

Bessie Murphy

Bessie Carmen Murphy, 98, died surrounded by her family at the Greene County Medical Center on January 27, 2009.
A family visitation was held on Thursday evening followed by a Funeral Service on Friday, January 30th at the Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home. Words of comfort were spoken by Pastor Larry Monthei of the Hope Parish, Cooper, Iowa and was assisted by the Rev. Bob McKnight of First Baptist Church of Jefferson. Elizabeth Stufflebeem of Ottumwa and Larry Dowd of Jefferson were soloists with Monica McGregor as accompanist.
Casket bearers were Les and Bob Brown, Dan Von Behren, Lyle Brinker, Gail Monthei, and Gary Schmidt. Interment was in the Jefferson Cemetery.
Bessie Murphy was born August 22, 1910 at Crookston, MN.  She was the daughter of Roy and Clara (Slyter) Murphy. The family moved to Greene County in 1913.
Bessie attended Towers School in Highland Township near Churdan, Iowa, and high school in Cooper, Iowa. She received an honorary High School diploma, Class of 1928, from the Franklin Consolidated School which was awarded in 2006.
During WWII Bessie participated in the war effort by working as a welder at the Solar Aircraft Company in Des Moines, Iowa. She also worked for Daubendiek Telephone Company as a telephone operator for a few years. Following this employment se joined her brother DeRoy, and sister Floy in farming in the Rippey area.
Bessie enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, and quilting. S he was known for her great hospitality to friends and neighbors. She was known for her award winning pies and receiving many blue ribbons. She took great pride in helping family members in good times and bad.
Bessie moved to Jefferson in 1995, and subsequently moved to the Regency Park Nursing home in 2003. During her stay at Regency Park Nursing Home she was blessed to be befriended by Mary Weaver of Rippey and Margaret Jordon of Jefferson, along with the Staff at Regency Park Nursing Home who provided comfort and understanding.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Clara Murphy, three brothers, DeRoy Murphy, Jay Murphy, and Richard Murphy; two sisters, Grace Johnson and Floy Brown, and one nephew Wayne Brown.
Survivors include one sister, Wilma Lumsdon of Ottumwa, Iowa, John Murphy and wife Nancy of Portersville, PA., nieces Ann Piepel and husband Jack of Afton, MN., Susan Blunt and husband Doug of Kansas City, MO., Elizabeth Stufflebeem of Ottumwa, Iowa., Claire Knolle and husband Mark of Marietta, OH., Megan Vance and husband Kevin of Natrona Heights, PA., and Beth Superdock and husband David of Neumanstown, PA., niece-in-law, Louise Brown of Denison, IA., and one nephew Dennis D. Murphy and wife Terry of Jefferson, several great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Memorials were suggested to the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, and or a charity of choice..”