Mary Kathleen Murphy

Mary Kathleen Murphy

January 28, 1928 – December 24, 2023

VISITATION: Tuesday, January 2, 2024, 6:00 p.m., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7:00 p.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, January 3rd, 10:30 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Joseph Indian Mission in Chamberlain, SD, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Preceded in death by husband of 66 years, Thomas A. Murphy; parents, Charles E. and Frances A. (McCormick) Murphy; son, Kevin S. Murphy; brothers, James and John Murphy; sister, Elizabeth King (Murphy); nephews, Joseph Murphy and James Murphy.

Survived by children: Colleen Murphy, Maureen Frisch (Dave), Nora (Monte Haney), and Matt Murphy; grandchildren: Ryan, Jillian (James), Meghan (Riley), Shannon (Andrew), and Ben; great-grandchildren: Mason, Claire (Skyler), Joseph, Reilly, Rory, Rowan, Reece, Reghan, Rhyann, Eva, Dylan, Henry, Lucy, and Chloe; many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was born in Madison, SD and grew up in Worthington, MN during the Great Depression.  She graduated from nursing school at St. Catherine College and St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul, MN, then returned to Worthington to work as a surgical nurse.

Tom’s work with Northern Natural Gas Company required many moves between Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.  Kathleen continued working as an R.N. through all the moves and caring for five children.  She provided care in hospitals, nursing homes, and with the Red Cross.  She was always a strong advocate for her patients.  She retired from the Red Cross in 1986.

Kathleen was very loving and caring of her husband and children.  Her family and relatives were precious to her as were all the wonderful memories she had of the times spent together.

Kathleen’s family wishes to express their deepest thanks and appreciation for the care and compassion given to her by Suncrest Hospice Care, especially Angel (RN), Claire (CNA), Maddie (RN), and Pattie (Social Worker).  Kathleen passed away peacefully in her own home with her family at her side.



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