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Mildred N. Murphy

Mildred N. Murphy Mildred N. Murphy, age 99, went peacefully to her heavenly home on February 23, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

She was born August 6, 1918, in her parents’ home in Palmer, Kansas. Her parents were Hugh B. Nye and Ethel (Lesher) Nye. Her family moved to Agenda, KS when she was about 8 years old. They later moved to Manhattan where she graduated from Manhattan High School and where she met her future husband Virgil Murphy. They were married on Christmas Day in 1936. Virgil, her loyal husband of 73 years, preceded her in death in February of 2010.

Mildred never worked outside the home but was kept busy raising her four children. Additionally, over the years she intermittently cared for ailing relatives in her crowded home for extended periods of time. Her mother-in-law, her aunt and her father were all recipients of her kind and tender care. She was a loving mother and faithful wife, always putting the needs of her family before her own.

After Virgil retired from the Manhattan Post Office they began camping and traveling throughout the U.S., eventually having visited all states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Her favorite hobby was metal detecting, which became a regular routine along their travel route. Mildred was an honorary member of the First Assembly of God church, where she attended regularly until her health deteriorated. She lived in her own home, cooked her own meals and drove her car until age 98. She loved Jesus and spent considerable time reading her Bible and praying.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother Russell Nye, sisters Fay Cupp and Lela Lewis, son-in-law Gordon Barr and a great grandson Isaac Barr.

She will be missed by her 3 sons, David (Angie) of Keats, Ks, Michael (Patsy) of De Soto, Ks, Steven (Emily) of Derby, Ks. and her daughter Patricia Barr of Keats, Ks. Mildred also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren along with many other friends and relatives.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Keats United Methodist Church, 3193 Keats Avenue, with Reverend Bill Eisele officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

On-line condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this webpage.

Memorials have been established for the Keats United Methodist Church and for Gideons International. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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