Anna G. Murphy |

Anna G. Murphy

Memorial services will take place Wednesday for Anna G. Murphy, who passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2006, at Barton Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born July 16, 1916, in Boston, Mass.

Anna worked at numerous jobs from a very young age. She worked for CBS Hytron in Danvers, Mass., before moving to California in 1956, where she was employed by Ampex in Redwood City. One of her favorite jobs was teaching classes in religion for The Holy Innocent, mentally challenged children. She received awards from Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif., and from the bishop for her devotion and excellent teaching skills.

She loved children, the garden and doing for others. While a resident at Barton Memorial Nursing Facility she made many friends. Staff members would go to her room on their break to have her teach them how to knit. Anna enjoyed making booties, hats and blankets for babies, scarves for just about everyone she knew, and afghans for all her family members. All dogs that visited the facility received knitted Christmas collars from her.

Barton Memorial Nursing Facility was a place where Anna had a mission, and in the years she lived at Barton she contributed a great deal. Her smiles and caring gestures brightened the lives of many residents. She handed out “Never Give Up” signs from Father Jim Mifsid and they hang everywhere in the facility.

She enjoyed reading to a blind friend and took residents upstairs to the hospital to see other residents who had to be hospitalized. She spent time with those in the last hours of their life, comforting them, holding their hand and assuring them everything would be all right.

Before moving to Lake Tahoe, Anna resided in Santa Clara, Calif. When she lived at Valley Village, an independent living facility, she made many friends and brought joy to them. Everywhere Anna has lived, she made friends. Her children’s friends became her friends and loved her like she was their own mother or grandmother. She was a devoted mother and will be deeply missed by family and friends, and never will be forgotten.

To know Anna was to love her. She could discuss anything from politics to sports. She loved to watch Larry King, CNN, football and baseball and Tiger Woods play golf. She also loved talk radio. Irish music was one of her favorites to sing and listen to.

Anna made it her business to understand what was going on in whatever community she lived. She was very proud to be able to say that she voted in every election from the time she was of age to vote. Her strong faith is something that she would tell you had carried her through the hard times in her life.

Her faith also helped family and friends get through their hard times. She was always saying a prayer novena for someone.

People who knew her said that she had a direct line to heaven.

She is survived by her daughters, Carolann Crawford of Florida and Mary K. Parker of South Lake Tahoe; son, Donald R. Murphy of LeGrange, Calif.; grandchildren, Kevin, Steve and Mark Crawford, Kenneth and David Murphy and Kimberly and Kelly Parker; and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Rachel, Cody, Eric, Alex, Addy, Macy, Amber and Ryan. She was predeceased by sisters, Marion Walsh and Geraldine Munzing; brother, Daniel J. Clifford; son, Brian Murphy; and husband, Raymond Murphy.

Memorial services will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the McFarlane Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, Calif.

Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to Barton Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility, 2170 South Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

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