Sally Ann Murphy of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on March 8, 2011, having reached the age of seventy years, three months and eight days. Sally was born on November 28, 1940 in Tacoma, WA, daughter of Betty J. Kammeyer nee Ramsay and Gerhart Kammeyer. On November 28, 1960, she was united in marriage to Homer Patterson Murphy and five children came to bless this union.
Sally is survived by her children, Randolph Murphy and wife, Kellie, of Chico, CA, Timothy Murphy and wife, Marie, of Ft. Worth, TX, Laura Norton and husband, Mark, of Union, MO, Matthew Murphy of Angels Camp, CA and Andrew Murphy and wife, Lisa, of Angels Camp, CA; by three siblings, James Kammeyer and wife, Rani, of Salt Lake City, UT, Nancy Daudet of Hollister, CA and Gary Kammeyer of the state of Washington; by ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Gerhart Kammeyer; by her husband, Homer Murphy; and by one brother, Robert Kammeyer.
Sally was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Union, MO. During her working years, she owned and operated a state licensed day care center. Sally was a person with a love and gift of caring for others, and when a family member was ill, she was the first one there to care for them. She was an outgoing lady with a keen sense of humor and enjoyed many hobbies and interests during her life. She enjoyed gardening and canning the produce she raised. She also was a talented seamstress and enjoyed crocheting. Quilting was another of her hobbies and her hand made quilts will now be treasured family heirlooms for her family. She was happiest when she was spending time with her children and grandchildren and cherished the time they shared together.
A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Union, MO with Brother Bob Kimker officiating. Private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Union, MO. The Murphy family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.