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Doris J. Murphy

July 12, 1938 March 27, 2020
Doris J. Murphy
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Edwards- Doris J. Murphy, age 81 of Edwards passed away Friday March, 27, 2020 at Grand View Alzheimer’s Special Care center in Peoria.

She was born on July 12, 1938 in Peoria, the daughter of Carl R. and Reaka S. (Peters) Schmitt. She married John T. (Jack) Murphy on August 30 ,1958 at St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo. He passed away on May 27, 2018.

Doris is survived by four children, Debra (Terry) Painter of Galesburg, Rhonda (Scott) Searle of Brimfield, Laurie (Tim) Fehl of Edwards, and John (Diana) Murphy Jr. of Morton; 13 Grandchildren and 13 Great-Grandchildren; one brother Larry (Jane) Schmitt and sister in law Carol Schmitt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Robert C. Schmitt, and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

Doris worked at numerous home improvement stores specializing in paint and wall paper. She retired in 1998. Jack and Doris enjoyed retirement by taking many trips in their motor home and an occasional fishing trip with Doris when he was feeling extra patient. She was involved in many activities for St. Mary’s parish in Kickapoo. Doris “Grandma Do” enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren having dress up days, creek day, and art days. Doris was also a loving mother and wife who enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed taking art class for oil painting and spending time with her friends in the red hat club.

The family would like to give special thanks for the daily care Doris has received over the years at Grand View Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit staff. We would also like to thank the Harbor Light Hospice Staff for the tremendous care they gave since joining the family in September. They also would like to thank the many friends and family who have visited and nurtured her.

A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kickapoo. Fr. Joseph Dondanville will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at 612 West Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614 or St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo at 9910 West Knox St. Edwards, IL 61528.

Wright and Salmon Mortuary is handling arrangements. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or leave their private condolences by logging onto

Cemetery Details


St. Patrick Cemetery-Kickapoo Final Resting Place

Kickapoo, IL 61528

1 Kickapoo 61528 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Mary Kickapoo

9910 West Knox Street
Edwards, IL 61528

Alzehimers Association-Local

612 West Geln Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614

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