MARTINSVILLE, Ill. — Brenda Doreen Murphy, 66, of Martinsville, passed away at 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at her home. She was born July 2, 1947, in Lawrenceville, Ill., the daughter of Henry Alva Murphy and Pansy Marie Ice Murphy.
Survivors include her brothers, Martin Murphy of Marshall, Ill.; and David Murphy and wife Janet of Martinsville, Ill.; nephew, David Murphy II and fiancée Veronica Ewbank of Martinsville, Ill.; and close family friend, Ruth Kidd of Martinsville, Ill.
Brenda was the Senior Social Center Director in Casey, Ill., and attended the Oliver United Methodist Church. She was very musical and played the keyboard, guitar and harmonica, plus enjoyed singing gospel music at nursing homes and churches. Brenda wrote and recorded a gospel recording in the mid-‘70s. She loved children and all ages of people, taught music lessons, and had been a Girl Scout leader and softball coach in Martinsville.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Oliver United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Duke officiating. Burial will follow in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville, Ill. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service at the Oliver United Methodist Church, 550 IL Hwy 1, Marshall, Ill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Casey Senior Social Center Activity Fund, 14 S. Central Ave., Casey, IL 62420; or the Oliver United Methodist Church Building Fund, 550 IL Hwy 1, Marshall, IL 62441.
Greenwell Funeral Home of Martinsville, Ill., is in charge of the arrangements. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit: