Sister Marion (John Patrice) Murphy, BVM died Thursday, Nov.15, 2018 at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation, Sharing of Memories, and Mass of Christian Burial were on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
She was born in Chicago on March 14, 1936, to John Joseph and Edna Conway Murphy. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.
Sister Marion ministered in Chicago as an elementary teacher at Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes; principal at Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Angels, pastoral coordinator and administrative assistant at Holy Family Parish, tutor at the Westside Employment Education Center (WEEC), and volunteer at the Holy Family Parish food pantry. She was principal at Sante Maria del Popolo ES in Mundelein, Ill., and teacher at St. Odilo in Berwyn, Ill., and St. Cecilia, in Portland, Ore.
“The reading from Micah speaks beautifully of Marion’s life. She acted justly, loved tenderly and walked humbly with her God (Micah 6:8). Marion spent a lifetime being present to others and addressing their needs through her generosity, compassion and attentiveness. She had a wonderful ability to recognize the irony in circumstances and infuse levity into difficult situations. Above all, Marion was faithful – faithful to her beloved family and friends, to the BVM community, to the people to whom she ministered and to God.” (Eulogy)
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, John (Mary), Raymond Patrick (Esther), Donald and Edward. She is survived by a sister-in-law June Wetton, Schaumburg, Ill.; nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 65 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.Download Eulogy