Dorothy 'Dot' Josephine Curd Murphy

Community volunteer, 89Dorothy Josephine Curd Murphy, 89, of Astoria, formerly of Salem, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at her home in Astoria.

Mrs. Murphy was born May 24, 1915 in Pace, Miss. She married Charles Howard Murphy in 1934, and they moved to Oregon in 1949, living in Bend and then in Salem. Mr. Murphy died in 1979.

Mrs. Murphy moved to Astoria in 2001 to be closer to her family. She attended the First Presbyterian Church. She joined the Astoria Senior Center, where she enjoyed the exercise class and played bridge. She was an avid bridge player. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and became a member of the local chapter. She volunteered at the Flavel House and at Clatsop Care Center.

Family members say Mrs. Murphy was known for her loving ways and beautiful Southern accent.

Mrs. Murphy is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles H. and Jacqueline Murphy of Portland; a daughter, Bonnie Murphy of Astoria; three grandchildren, Lisa Gearing, David Murphy and Laura Niedermeyer; and five great-grandchildren, Grant and Skyler Gearing, Jillian and Nicole Niedermeyer and Molly Murphy.

A son, Robert Murphy, died at birth.

A funeral service is 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand Ave., Astoria. Burial will be in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice, 2111 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR 97103. Hospice's help and support were deeply appreciated, family members say.

Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

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