Avis “Arlene” Murphy left this Earth to be reunited with those who have gone before her into eternity on April 22, 2020. Her infectious smile, endless love, and feisty demeanor will be missed by many.
Arlene was born on September 11, 1934 in West Virginia to her late parents, Richmond and Esta Holcomb. She shared her childhood home with one brother, Roger Holcomb (predeceased), and six sisters; Lorene Brege (predeceased), Vae Taylor, Genevieve Gibson, Barbra Sanders, Retta Brown, and Judy Elkins. There she met and married her lifelong partner, Arza “Burrel” Murphy on March 3, 1952. Raising five sons; Quinton Murphy (predeceased), Duane Murphy (predeceased), Kevin (Kathy) Murphy (predeceased), Randy (Judy) Murphy, and Anthony (Lisa) Murphy, they made their home in Lyndonville, NY.
Arlene worked her way through to retirement while also cultivating her love of gardening on their farm. Anyone who has driven down Rt. 18 knew where Murphy’s Berry Farm was, and had more than likely engaged in a long and laughter-filled conversation with Arlene. She had an unparalleled love for all people and found joy in the simple sharing of time. If she could talk you through the door, you would be offered a hot cup of coffee, a fresh, warm, homemade biscuit, and told to stay a while. Something, perhaps, we have all learned to appreciate in the last month.
Left behind to await our own reunion are sons; Randy (Judy) Murphy and Anthony (Lisa) Murphy; grandchildren Kathryn (Tim) Richards, Christopher (Jocelyn) Murphy, Tricia (Ian) Goodrich, Tyler Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Steven Murphy, Sherry Edkin, Wanda Edkin, Samantha Murphy, and Melodi Murphy; great-grandchildren Sage Staschak, Phoenix Roy, Izabella Murphy, and Alexander Goodrich; and great-great-grandchild Asa Lee Staschak.
Until we meet again in that big beautiful kitchen in the sky, please know that we are grateful for the time and love that you give so willingly to each of us.