Published in The Brunswick Beacon from May 24 to May 30, 2018
Martha G. Murphy
Martha G. Murphy, 88, of Sunset Beach, formerly of Oxon Hill
and Fort Washington, Md., passed away peacefully with family
by her side Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Seacoast Medical Center
in Little River, S.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life,
John A. Murphy. They were married for 70 years.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1930, she was the daughter of Donald R. Gill Sr. and Janet
Leona Gill. She graduated from Central High School in 1948.
She was employed by the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., and retired from there in
1993, at which time she and John moved to Sunset Beach to fulfill their dream of living at
the beach surrounded by beautiful golf courses.
She was a member of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte.
She was an avid reader, loved listening to music, swimming, bowling and spending time
at the beach with family. She will be remembered for her gift of gab and her great sense
of humor. She was a wonderful golfer and had been the ladies club champion on more
than one occasion while living in Maryland.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Hood of Springhill, Fla.; son, Patrick A. Murphy
(Vicki) of Mechanicsville, Md.; daughters, Kathleen M. Stevenson (Andy) of LaPlata,
Md., Peggy A. Barnett (John) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Megan M. Murphy of
Calabash; grandsons, Joseph A. Murphy (Tonia Jackson) of Raleigh, Troy D. Clark and
Logan K. Clark of Calabash; and great-granddaughter, Jayci L. Murphy-Thompson. She
is also survived by loving grandpups, Bella, Augie, Colleen, Georgia and Bailey; and a
In addition to husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister,
Virginia Lee Mehlfelt; and brother, Donald R. Gill Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at St. Brendan
the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, Shallotte. A celebration of life will follow at the
Pink Palace in Sea Trail Plantation, Sunset Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or rescue in
Private online condolences can be made at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte
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