Margie Lee Murphy, 91, Quenemo: Jan. 31, 1927 – July 13, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Margie L. (Dean Campbell) Murphy, 91, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Margie was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Parsons, Kan., to Gladys Faye (Beasley) and Elliot Wayne Dean.

On Aug. 11, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Paul Murphy Sr. in Miami, Okla. In 1966, they moved from Topeka to their farm south of Overbrook, Kan.

Margie attended school in Parsons. She worked as a corporate bookkeeper for Ford Motor Company and Sears, in Parsons. She also owned and operated Marge’s Country Place, in Topeka, where she taught oil and acrylic painting classes. She also created and displayed beautiful silk flower arrangements. She loved to display her paintings, so she maintained a booth at Topeka’s Cider Days for several years and became popular in the craft fair circuit.

Some of Margie’s favorite activities included spending many hours canning and freezing homegrown produce from her garden, making homemade rolls for family gatherings, and receiving praise for her famous cherry cheesecake from her private collection of old recipes. She also loved to dance and she and Richard could “clear the dance floor.” She loved to entertain and was actively involved in the Overbrook Extension Homemakers Unit.

Margie’s other talents included refinishing her collection of antique furniture and cane-backed chairs. As a diversion from her “chief cook and bottle washer” duties, she spent time reading James Patterson’s mystery novels and Nora Roberts’ romance novels. They were always accompanied by an afternoon Coke and a piece of cake. Margie collected quilt fabric for many years, and loved creating advanced quilt patterns. She had every color and design imaginable stored in the cabinets made especially for her collection.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard P. Murphy Sr.; two brothers, Carl and Kenneth Dean; daughter, Vickie (Campbell) Davisson; and son-in-law, Dan Thompson.

Survivors include three sons, John Campbell Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Topeka, Richard P. Murphy Jr., Topeka, and Robin Murphy, Overbrook; daughter, Kim (Murphy) Thompson, Plano, Texas; brother, Darold Dean, Oswego, Kan.; sister, Maxine Pinnell, Clifton, Kan.; and six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, 730 Western Heights Drive, Overbrook. Visitation with the family will be 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Inurnment will follow at Overbrook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richard P. Murphy Memorial Fund and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences to the family may be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com.

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