Avis “Arlene” Murphy left this Earth Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, to be reunited with those who have gone before her into eternity. Her infectious smile, endless love and feisty demeanor will be missed by many.
Arlene was born Sept. 11, 1934, in West Virginia to her late parents, Richmond and Esta Holcomb. She shared her childhood home with one brother, Roger Holcomb (predeceased) and six sisters, Lorene Brege (predeceased), Vae Taylor, Genevieve Gibson, Barbra Sanders, Retta Brown, and Judy Elkins.
She met and married her lifelong partner, Arza ‘Burrel’ Murphy on Mar. 3, 1952. They raised five sons, Quinton Murphy (predeceased), Duane Murphy (predeceased), Kevin (Kathy) Murphy (predeceased), Randy (Judy) Murphy, and Anthony (Lisa) Murphy. They made their home in Lyndonville, NY.
Arlene worked her way through to retirement while also cultivating her love of gardening on their farm. Anyone who has driven down Rt. 18 knew where Murphy’s Berry Farm was and had more than likely engaged in a long and laughter-filled conversation with Arlene. She had an unparalleled love for all people and found joy in the simple sharing of time. If she could talk you through the door you would be offered a hot cup of coffee, a fresh, warm, homemade biscuit and told to stay a while, there is no need to rush. Something perhaps we have all learned to appreciate in the last month.
Left behind to await our own reunion are: sons, Randy (Judy) Murphy and Anthony (Lisa) Murphy; grandchildren, Kathryn (Tim) Richards, Christopher (Jocelyn) Murphy, Tricia (lan) Goodrich, Tyler Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Steven Murphy, Sherry Edkin, Wanda Edkin, Samantha Murphy, Melodi Murphy; great-grandchildren, Sage Staschak, Phoenix Roy, Izabella Murphy, and Alexander Goodrich; and great-great-grandchild, Asa Lee Staschak.
Until we meet again in that big beautiful kitchen in the sky, please know that we are all grateful for the time and love that you gave so willingly to each of us.