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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:03AM

Shirley Marie Murphy

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Shirley Marie Murphy, 74, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla., surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 9, 1940, in Lake Alfred, Fla., and moved to Arcadia as a small child with her family.

She was of the Protestant faith, and was a member of First Christian Church of Arcadia.

To know Shirley was to love her. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and was always ready to give you a helping hand. She loved the outdoors; she worked many years with her husband Billy growing and harvesting vegetables. In her retirement years, Shirley spent her time tending to her home and yard.

She is survived by two daughters, Marie Browning and Peggy Murphy, both of Arcadia; five brothers, Roy Willis of Ona, Fla., Russell (Edith) Willis, Jerry (Retha) Willis and Bobby (Colleen) Willis, all of Lake Placid, Fla., and Fred (Geneva) Willis of Arcadia; three sisters, Bertha (Bob) Loughren of Arcadia, Beatrice (Paul) Kellner of Ruskin, Fla., and Barbara Jean (Jay) Williams of Gulfport, Miss.; three grandchildren, Dr. Robert (Krista) Browning IV of Gainesville, Fla., and William Kyle Browning and Travis Murphy, both of Arcadia; two great-granddaughters, Madelyn and Lillian Browning; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Murphy; and parents, Bernard F. Sr. and Essie M. Bishop Willis.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Lily Cemetery in Lily, Fla., with Brother Bob Loughren officiating.

Donations can be made in Shirley’s name to Tidewell Hospice House, 919 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes.

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