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Obituary: Ruth Eleanor Murphy, CRESWELL, Ore.

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Ruth Eleanor Murphy

Ruth Eleanor Murphy died May 27, 2014, in Creswell, Oregon. She was a resident of Creswell and a former resident of Franklin.

She was born to Pearl and John Berghorn in Rochester, New York, on April 18, 1920, two days after her beloved husband, Bob. He preceded her in death, as did a son, John Robert. Several siblings also preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children, Mark of Creswell, Oregon, and Anne of Indianapolis. A sister, June Griffith of Syracuse, New York, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In Creswell, Ruth belonged to a book club, attended The Senior Center and enjoyed winning at Scrabble.

In Franklin, she was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was a deacon, a member of the board, a teacher, and co-editor of the newsletter. Ruth was also a member of the library book club, the women’s study club and Church Women United and was a volunteer for many local organizations. She was a past recipient of the Women in Communications Award.

Ruth believed that “one of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”

She believed that we are all children of God, and that we all have value and purpose.

Ruth lived a remarkable 94 years. She saw the world transform in unprecedented ways. Yet she never lost faith in people to do the right thing.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. June 14 at Franklin First Baptist Church, 201 E. Jefferson St. A private burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131, or Indychoruses.org.

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