Dateline: July 17, 2008

Julia Catherine Taylor Murphy, 96, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, in Albuquerque, NM.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Pastor Joe Hunsaker, officiating. Services are under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Julia Catherine Taylor Murphy, a local pioneer family member, died at the age of 96 on July 12, 2008. She attended school in Clarendon and was the class “yell leader” for her high school years. She had many activities, but liked to talk about the time she did the Charleston down Polk Street in Amarillo during a parade. She married Thomas Nelson Murphy in 1929, and they moved into the “Murphy Castle”. They later established residence in Amarillo, where she loved her neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her parents, Walter and Minnie Taylor; three sisters, Athlyn Boomer, Vivian Blackwell, and Dorothy Matthews.

Survivors include her daughter, Alma Louise Hunsaker and husband George; two sons, Tommy Taylor Murphy and Patrick Dennis Murphy; four grandchildren, Lucy Ann Hunsaker, Joe Thomas Hunsaker and wife Barbara, Julie Beth Hunsaker, and Tim Murphy; two great-grandchildren, Joe Thomas Hunsaker, Jr. and Jonathan Taylor Hunsaker.

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