Marilyn Murphy


August 19, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Marilyn Jeanette Murphy, 78, Savonburg, died at Diversicare in Haysville Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Marilyn was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Lindsborg, the daughter of Clarence and Luella (Linderholm) Carlson. The Carlson family moved to the Elsmore area in 1941. Marilyn graduated from Elsmore High School in 1955 and Allen County Community Jr. College in 1957. She worked at Allen County Hospital and at Dr. Eugene Myer’s office part time while going to college.

Marilyn married Harlan Murphy at Friends Home Lutheran Church in Savonburg on July 14, 1957. This union was blessed with four children. In 1961, they bought a farm west of Elsmore where they lived and operated a farm for 55 years.

Marilyn was a member of Friends Home Lutheran Church. She served as a Sunday School teacher and treasurer, and Luther League sponsor. She was church secretary for 21 years. She also belonged to Dorcas Society and Women of the ELCA (WELCA).

Marilyn enjoyed her family and two grandchildren. She enjoyed working with her flowers and yard. She enjoyed crafts, and decorating her yard and home for holiday celebrations.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her infant brother, Richard Lee, and half-brothers, Richard Wilson, Larry Lawson, Dallas Carlson, sister-in-law, Betty Carlson, Alan Carlson, sister-in-law, Dorothy Carlson, Bertus Carlson and Charles Carlson.

Survivors include her husband, Harlan; three daughters, Kimberly Voth and husband Rod, Haysville, Lisa VanRoekel and husband Cameron and their sons Collin and Caleb, Silver Spring, Md., and Gina Murphy, Chanute; and a son, Harlan Lee Murphy and wife Jackie, Orlando, Fla.


Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Friends Home Lutheran Church, 3797 Arizona Rd., Savonburg. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Le Roy Cemetery in Le Roy. Memorials are suggested to Southeast Kansas Mental Health or Autism Cares Foundation and may be left with the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Iola. Go to to leave a condolence online.

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