Orpha Murphy

Princeton -- Orpha L. Murphy of Princeton died at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Walnut Manor.

Born Oct. 25, 1910 in Ohio Township to Herbert E. and Maude D. (Wedding) Wilson she married Harold E. Swanson July 13, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. He died in 1966. She then married Loren E. Murphy April 23, 1969, in Nashua, Iowa. He died in 2003.
She graduated from Princeton High School in 1929 and Peru Nursing School in 1932. She was a surgical nurse at Perry Memorial Hospital for 14 years. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Princeton.

Survivors include one son, Gary (Janet) Swanson of Princeton; one sister, Bernice Nyberg of Peoria Heights, one sister-in-law, Ann Wilson of Peru; one granddaughter, Holly Swanson of Princeton; one great-grandson, Kade Williams at home; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Three brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Norberg Memorial Home. Pastor Fred Schmidit officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Fire Department and Ambulance.

Orpha was buried next to her first husband Harold Swanson and at her request the name on the double headstone was not changed. It reads "Orpha Swanson". She said that Harold was "the love of her life". Her second husband Loren Murphy is buried in the Murphy family plot in Monmouth, Illinois.

(Bureau County Republican, April 9, 2007, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)




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