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Updated: 11/27/2013 08:00:07AM

Odessa Murphy

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Odessa Murphy, 93, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Life Care Center of Winter Haven.

She was born July 25, 1920, in Colquitt County, Ga., to Joseph A. and Mattie A. (Matthews) Watson and has been a resident of the area since 1958, moving here from Thomasville, Ga.

She was a retired Citrus Fruit Packer for Citrus Growers Association. Odessa was a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church in Plant City.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Davis and husband Zack of Winter Haven; son, Gene Murphy and wife Stephanie of Sebring; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, William Murphy, in 1984.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with the Rev. Kerry Beaty officiating.

Interment is at the Lake Wales Cemetery. Family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales, Fla.


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