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Obituary: Joan Grace Starr Murphy, Greenwood

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Joan Grace Starr Murphy

Joan Grace Starr Murphy, 81, of Greenwood, received her eternal reward in heaven for a life well-lived Saturday, June 7, 2014.

She was born in Indianapolis to the late Dana and Elizabeth Starr on July 11, 1932 (unless you’re her son Eric, her birth date was July 21, 1932). She graduated from Broad Ripple High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Butler University.

She was married to Russell Murphy; and he survives. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 25 of this year.

Joan loved children and lived to teach. She began her life’s pursuit teaching elementary education. Further, she demonstrated her love of children and animals by leading the Putnam County 4-H dog obedience training for 10 years.

Joan dedicated herself to  sharing her faith in Jesus for  more than 30 years as the fourth-grade Sunday school teacher at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood.

Joan also loved music, teaching piano lessons and singing in the Mount Pleasant Christian Church choir. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Joan “Smurf” Murphy was also an award-winning real estate agent and Million Dollar producer with Century 21 Lorene Ward Co. for more than 20 years.

In addition to her husband, Russ, Joan is survived by her children, Susan Murphy, Eric Murphy (Sarah) and Gregg Murphy (Carol); and grandchildren, Lucas Murphy, Clayton Murphy, Betsy Murphy, Jessica Meredith, Paige Murphy and Beth Ann Murphy.

The Rev. Spence Tuttle will officiate a funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Calling will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory be made to the Children’s Dyslexia Center at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; or Mount Pleasant Church (thechurch.com).

Information: wilsonstpierre.com.

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