Joan E. (Mannion) Murphy

Joan E. (Mannion) Murphy

August 21, 1938 – November 30, 2023

VIGIL & VISITATION:  Friday, December 15, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler, 7805 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE.

MASS OF RESURRECTION & RECEPTION:  Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Cecelia Cathedral,701 N. 40th St., Omaha, NE.

RITE OF COMMITTAL:  Saint Joseph Cemetery at East Pierce St. & McPherson Ave., Council Bluffs, IA.

Joan Elizabeth Murphy was born on August 21, 1938, in Omaha Nebraska to Clement and Erna Mannion. She was the eldest of three children. Joan attended Holy Angels parish and school in North Omaha. Afterwards, she attended Cathedral High School, graduating in 1956. She was the Vice-President and crowned May Queen of her senior class.

Joan graduated, with Honors, from Creighton University Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing, earning a registered nursing degree in 1960. That same year, she married Marine Lieutenant John R. Murphy of Omaha. Throughout the next 28 years—moving 18 times as a military spouse—she placed her nursing career on hold to raise a family.

After her husband retired in Indianapolis, Joan went back to nursing. She started in occupational health for 10 years at Indiana Bell Phone Co., and then another 5 years with Indianapolis Power and Light Co. Upon moving to New Bern, NC, she worked for the National Health Care Co. in its flu clinic.

A natural athlete, Joan excelled at golf, becoming a six-time club champion at two golf clubs. She loved to travel with her many friends.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Clem and Erna Mannion. She is survived by her husband, John of 63 years; four children: Michael of Alexandria, VA, Maureen (Todd) White of Dallas, TX, Mark (Sarah Beth) of Greensboro, NC, and Kevin (Sarah) of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Nicholas, Megan, Katherine, Clare, Anna and Stella; brother, Tim (Kathi) of Prior Lake, MN; sister, Margaret (Harry) Forehand of Omaha; nieces and nephews.


  • Tracy Hunter Jones Posted December 8, 2023 8:07 pm

    So sorry to learn of Joan’s passing. Such an extra special family, with very special commitment and family values. Prayers for all of you.

  • Mark Forehand Posted December 8, 2023 8:53 pm

    All my thoughts, prayers and LOVE to my Aunt Joan!! A very special Lady that I will miss along with all her thoughtful wishes /cards throughout the years! She always remembered myself and my family and very grateful my wife (Lesley) and son (Kaden) were able to meet her and spend some quality time. Much love from Arizona!!!!

  • Lowell & Cheri Grubbs Posted December 9, 2023 9:00 am

    Joan was a lovely person. So sorry for your loss.

  • George Weinert Posted December 10, 2023 4:58 pm

    Remembering Cathedral High School, the dances at Holy Angels and all the other good times. Rest in peace Joan, dance with the angels.

  • Marlene and Fred Beata, Posted December 10, 2023 8:52 pm

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother. From her picture and brief biogaphy she was a beautiful, loving, and generous woman. May her soul rest in peace and be at right hand of God forever.

  • MaryMutphy Posted December 12, 2023 7:13 pm

    My sister-in-law, Joan Murphy, was kind and generous. She was an important person in my life. Joan was so welcoming and made you feel at home. Here’s to many happy memories with the Murphy’s.

  • Mary Kathryn Murphy Posted December 12, 2023 7:24 pm

    My sister-in-law, Joan, always made you feel welcome in her home. She would take you to see sites where the family was posted. I have fond memories of when she and John were dating. She was a real friend. Rest in Peace, Joan. Love, Mary

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