Laura Lavada Murphy

Laura Lavada Murphy

Laura Lavada Hemphill was born in Spruce Pine, NC, on October 1, 1924, the fourth of nine children, to Ethel C. Brown and Henry K. Hemphill. Laura joined the United States Marine Corps in 1944, following the wartime death of her brother Joe, and was assigned to a Marine recruit depot in South Carolina, where she met her future husband, Platoon Sergeant G. W. “Bud” Murphy.
Following WW II, the couple moved to Minnesota and settled in Marshall.
While raising their two children, Carol Ann and Michael, Bud was a popular local car dealer while Laura was appointed Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles and ran the license bureau in Marshall for a number of years. She later worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation as the office manager for the Southwest Minnesota District, retiring from that position in 1986.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents; husband G.W. “Bud” Murphy; sisters Fair Elender, Juanita, and Grace; brothers Joe and Art; daughter Carol Ann; daughter-in-law Brenda; and grandson Chad.
She is survived by sister Ethel Mae Anderson of Tarentum, PA; brothers Robert Hemphill of New Jersey and Delano Hemphill of Natrona Heights, PA; son Michael Murphy of Monticello, MN; grandchildren Megan Murphy-Boutwell of Knoxville, TN, Noel Ayers of Wyoming, MN, Jason “Jake” Ayers of Forest Lake, MN, Colleen Murphy-Gomez of Atlanta, GA; and great-grandchildren Courtney Mancino, Ashley Ayers, Grant Ayers, Gabby Ayers, Morgan Boutwell and John Michael Gomez.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. with a service immediately following at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello, MN. As befitting her status as a Marine Corps veteran, Laura will be interred with full military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Monday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m.

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