Velma Murphy, 103, Long-Time Lake Forest Hospital Volunteer, Dies

Murphy volunteered at the hospital for more than 33 years. She also worked for Illinois Bell for 48 years.

Courtesy of Wenban Funeral Home
Courtesy of Wenban Funeral Home
The following obituary is courtesy of Wenban Funeral Home:

Velma M. Murphy, nee Norton, 103, of Lake Forest, Illinois died Thursday, March 6, 2014.  Born in Chicago, Illinois, May 14, 1910.  Beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Murphy.  She was preceded death by her parents Edwin & Marianne Norton, sister, Katherine (Frank) Augustine, brother, Walter (Eleanor) Norton.  Survived by Nieces & Nephews Maureen Crowder, Mary Ann (Leonard) Luebking, Gearld (Mary Ann) Norton, Donald Norton, Joyce VanArsdoll and many Great, Great-Great and Great-Great-Great Nieces and Nephews.

She was a pioneer with 48 years of service with Illinois Bell.  A tireless volunteer of Lake Forest Hospital with 33 years 8 months of service totaling 5,032 hours working in the surgery waiting area and later the visitor’s desk.  Long- time member and volunteer at St. Patrick’s Church.  Avid bridge player, friend and counselor to many.  She had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met.  We have lost a wonderful Aunt and friend, but heaven has gained a very special Angel.

Velma’s passion was helping others, memorials in her name can be made to Mercy and Compassion Ministries (501C3), PO Box 31108, Chicago, IL 60631, website: mercy-and-compassion-ministries.com.  Donations will be used for Hospice Services for the poor and under privileged or a donation to a charity of your choice. 

Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, March 10, Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest, IL.  Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at St. Patrick Church, 950 W. Everett Rd., Lake Forest, IL with a visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 am. Interment at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville. Info. www.wenbanfh.com or (847) 234-0022.


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