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4/10/2014 10:58:00 AM
Winifred "Winnie" Murphey
Mrs. Murphey
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Mrs. Murphey



Winifred “Winnie” Lily Coward Murphey, 90, passed away April 4, 2014.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements.
Winnie was born May 7, 1923, in Portland, Ore., to Horace and Freida Coward. She spent her early years in Portland, Ore., and San Diego, Calif., with her brother, Bob Coward and many close neighborhood friends. Winnie graduated from Grant High School and continued her education to become a dietitian.
She met Joseph Al-len Mur-phey Jr. in 1944, and they married in July of that year. The couple’s plans for a life on the West Coast changed when Allen’s mother called and asked them to move to Princeton and help run Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past. Winnie and Alan worked hand-in-hand at Hofffman’s until 2004, when Allen passed away. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage shortly before he passed. Winnie continued to work at Hoffman’s until 2012.
Winnie and Allen were loving parents to five children and their spouses, Judy Murphey, now deceased, Patrick (Julie) Murphey of Metamora, Scott (Meg) Murphey of Princeton, Jelinda (Richard) Morse of Malden and Jane (Claude) Rasmussen of Elizabeth, Colo.; and one grandson, Bryan Lorenzana of Chicago.
Winnie was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. She was a former board member for Freedom House, a Girl Scout leader and a room mother for all of her children’s school classes. She was involved in Beta Sigma Phi sorority and several Princeton charities. She loved to play bridge and cards with friends and enjoyed her last six years at Greenfield Retirement Home in Princeton, where she met many dear new friends and became involved in many of the activities at Greenfield.
Winnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Allen; her daughter, Judy Murphey; an infant sister; and her brother, Bob Coward.
Condolences may be emailed to hoffmansinfo
@patternsofthepast.com or to Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past, 513 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356. A memorial has been set up for VITAS Hospice of Peru.






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