Mrs. Joyce M. Murphy, age 76 of Newaygo, died Sunday, July 31, 2005 at Gerber Memorial Health Services in Fremont. She was born Joyce Mary Ryther in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Anne Catherine (Pacholl) and Clyde E. Ryther on September 22, 1928. She married James Carleton Murphy on January 15, 1955 in Grand Haven. She was a Middle School Secretary for 10 years for Kenowa Hills Middle School, Grand Rapids until 1976. She was a member of Newaygo Sportsman Club and the Lady Elks, Grand Haven.

She is survived by her husband James Murphy of Newaygo, her daughters Linda & Ronald Benson of Grand Haven, Kathy Murphy-Voshel & Wayne Moore of Newaygo, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, her brother Gordon & Peg Ryther of Arizona, and her sister Kathleen Barkhuff of Michigan. She was preceded in death by her son James G. Murphy January 9, 2004.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A. M from the McKinley Newaygo Chapel, on Saturday, August 13, 2005 with Pastor David Wygmans officiating. There will be no visitation. For Memorials please consider the American Cancer Society.

McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo 231-652-5613. http:\\

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Thursday August 11, 2005


Dear Linda, Sorry to read of your mothers passing. My thoughts are with you and your family Marcia Anderson (Clinton St.)

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