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Beverly Murphy

Funeral services for Beverly Ann Murphy of Alexandria, will be held Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Morris.

Beverly Ann Murphy, daughter of Jacob and Alice (Degendorfer) Henrichs, was born Aug. 26, 1931 in Morris. Beverly grew up on a farm in Rendsville Township and attended rural school and graduated from Morris High School in 1949. Following her education she worked at Harts Grocery and Knowles Dept. Store. She was active in church and 4-H and especially enjoyed the 4-H radio speaking contests, in which she competed at the state level. Beverly was united in marriage to Raymond Murphy on May 23, 1953, in Morris and they were blessed with eight children: Mark, Craig, Jeanne, Mary, Thomas, Patrick, Colleen and Alice.

Beverly and Raymond farmed in Horton Township until 1987 when they moved to Rogers, Arkansas. Beverly worked at R and J's Restaurant as a hostess for 14 years. In 2002, they returned to Alexandria to retire.

Beverly was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Morris; St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Rogers, Ark. and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alexandria. Beverly enjoyed gardening, poetry and music. In Beverly's life, there was no greater joy than visiting and celebrating with her family and friends.

Beverly died at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 15, after a courageous battle with cancer, having lived to reach the age of 77 years.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond; eight children, Mark (Jane) Murphy, Eureka Springs, Ark., Craig (Joanie) Murphy, Morris, Jeanne (Terry) Hetland, Osakis, Mary (Ron) Krueger, Alexandria, Tom (Ruth) Murphy, Rogers, Ark., Pat Murphy, Eureka Springs, Ark., Colleen (Curt) Schaffran, Apple Valley, Alice (Bruce) Bosek, Lowry, 18 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Beverly is survived by three sisters, Jeanette (Jim) Saunders, Benson, Patsy Bludorn and friend Denis Feneis, St. Cloud, Virginia (Gary) Brumm, Perham and three brothers, Delbert (Bev) Henrichs, New Richmond, Wis., Roger (Kathy) Henrichs, Huntley, Mont. and Perry (Pricilla) Henrichs, Morris and one brother-in-law, Clarence Oletzke, Rogers and also survived by Rays family, Bill Murphy, Des Moines, Iowa, George (Genny) Murphy, Menomonie, Wis., Rosalys Weiler and Mary Ellen Montonye, both of Morris and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Alice Henrichs; one sister, Barb Oletzke and brothers-in-law, Bud Bludorn, Maurice Weiler and Paul Montonye.

Serving as pallbearers for the service are: Beverly's grandchildren: Erin Murphy, Jason Hetland, Tyler Hetland, Adam Krueger, Matthew Schaffran and Shane Bosek. Honorary pallbearers are Beverly's grandchildren: Missy Crockett, Nicole Nortunen, Breanna Gould, Kent Hetland, Josiah Hetland, Joshua Hetland, Brandon Hetland, Isaac Hetland, Jessie Krueger, Lauren Schaffran, Zach Schaffran and Shannon Bosek. Deb Mahoney will serve as pianist for the service with Ken and Linda Hodgson serving as vocalists/song leaders. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.