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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Obituary - Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Murphy

Elizabeth Jean Standish Murphy (Betty), left this earth on July 23, 2021 from Kansas City Hospice House at the age of 101 yrs., 6 mos., 5 days. A celebration of life visitation will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Beck Event Center, 201 S. Independence, Harrisonville, MO.

Betty was born and lived most of her life in Rosedale, KS (now Kansas City, KS) until relocating to Harrisonville, MO where she resided at Crown Care Center since 2014. Daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, (yes, 5 generations!), friend and co-worker, were just a few of the hats she wore in her lifetime. Employment consisted of numerous office positions, among them Jules Borel & Co. and most notably Studio DuVall's in Ward Parkway Shopping Center, owned and operated by her firstborn daughter, Sharon Welsh (deceased 1989).

The youngest of 9 children born to Arthur & Effie (Craine) Standish (deceased 1929 & 1969), she survived them all; married to Delbert J. Murphy (deceased 1981), together they raised 4 children - Sharon Welsh, Patricia Jurgeson (husband John), Cleveland, MO; Deborah Murphy, Belton, MO; Michael Murphy (wife Debra), Trophy Club, Texas; 5 grandchildren with 2 bonus grands, 10 great-grandchildren with 4 bonus greats, and 2 great-great-grandchildren with another to be born Oct. 2021 - all because two people loved each other.

Betty lived through World Wars (some right there at home!), the Great Depression, men on the moon, Polio to Covid 19 and so much more. Her love of gardening and boating created the most fabulous flower gardens with drift wood and rocks from Stockton Lake; bowling at Roe Lanes was highly competitive and a family tradition; caramel rolls and cream puffs were her specialty that rivaled any bakery; so many talents, from stained glass to creative handmade gifts for all occasions which blessed family, friends, and her other residents; classy, sassy lady with a bit of glitz and bling to her attire; hugs and blowing kisses defined her come and go; a member of Rosedale Congregational Church, she created children's story time (which was known to include a live lamb and baby chick to illustrate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus); Florence Nightingale nursing qualities without the degree served us all so well; documented Standish descendant to Myles Standish (thanks to our historian, Deborah Murphy), an English military officer among the pilgrims on the ship Mayflower who played a leading role in Plymouth colony's foundation in 1620.

Some quotes that describe the essence of our Beloved:

'She lived with a mind and in a body that could not keep up with her spirit';

'To live in the hearts and memory of those left behind is to not die';