Gene (Geneva Florence) Murphy


Graveside services for Gene (Geneva Florence) Murphy, 103, of Kilgore will be Wednesday, July 25, at 1 p.m. at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas with the Reverend Ella Mae Walker officiating. Gene passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Kilgore.

Mrs. Murphy was a longtime resident of Kilgore. The family moved from Dallas in 1964 when Mr. Murphy purchased the Olds-Cadillac dealership. Gene enjoyed the Evergreen Garden Club and was one of the first volunteer groups at Roy H. Laird Hospital. She also enjoyed substituting at Chandler Elementary School.

Her love was the East Texas Oil Museum where she was a docent for over 12 years, and she was an active member of the exercise class at the East Texas Treatment Center. She was a member of the Samuel Paul Denkins Chapter of the DAR as well as a member of Roy H. Laird Country Club. She was an active member of the Ruth Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church and enjoyed oil painting and needlepoint in her free time.

Gene was born October 21, 1914 in Cooper, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lola and Cal Glidewell, as well as her husband, Julian. She was one of six children and the last of her remaining family.

The family moved to Dallas at an early age and she graduated from Oak Cliff High School in 1933. She married Julian E. Murphy in 1936 and worked as a dental assistant until the birth of her first daughter, Julia Ann, who was born in 1942. During WWII she was a PBX operator at the Fabricated Building Company and also worked for the local Lions Club publishing their newspaper and keeping books.

In 1951 Patricia Jean was born. Gene was a dedicated mother and wife who was active in the PTA, The Women's Book Club and the Oak Cliff Country Club. She was a member of the Eastern Star and taught Sunday School for over 20 years at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. While in Dallas, she attended SMU and obtained her insurance license and owned and operated Murphy Insurance Agency prior to moving to Kilgore.

Gene leaves behind two daughters, Julia Ann (Judy) Murphy and Patricia Jean (Pat) Robertson and husband David; two grandchildren, Patrick Edward Murphy and wife Brooke of Houston and Sarah Elise Robertson and husband Ross of Dallas; and three great­ granddaughters, Piper Elizabeth Murphy, Peyton Diane Murphy and Scarlett Geneva Murphy, all of Houston.

Our love and deep appreciation goes to her dear friends, Monique Dennis, Ella Mae Walker, Brittney Dennis, Corliss Alexander and Danielle with Legacy Hospice.

Gene Murphy gave us love, encouragement and above all faith. We know that she left this world a better place for all of us. She will be dearly missed, but always with us in our hearts.

The family request memorials be made to the East Texas Treatment Center, 1200 Dudley Rd., Kilgore, TX 75662.

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