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Shirley Ann Murphy

March 18, 1934 — November 28, 2023

Dayton, OH

MURPHY, Shirley Ann, age 89 of Kettering, OH passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. She was born on March 18, 1934 to Charles and Zilke Lee (Hensley) Howard. Shirley graduated from Roosevelt High School and earned an Associates Degree from Sinclair Community College. Shirley had a career that she loved as the Marketing Director for Unibuilt Industries for over 30 years.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Ted E. Murphy, Sr. of Dayton, Ohio. Shirley will be remembered as someone who always had a positive perspective on life, brought joy to everyone around her and adored her family. She was exceptionally kind and generous before becoming a talking-point of many of today’s conversations.  She sought out the good in people and all situations. Shirley was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her son’s (Tim) children,  her two grandchildren, Taylor (Dan) Cline and Evan (Heather) Murphy were the light of her life.  She never missed one of their games, took them to every sporting event that she could and spirited them away on many vacations.  She also adored her young great grandchildren, Carter and Conrad Cline and Miles Murphy. Shirley’s love for her family was endless, she was the inspiration, rock, and a perfect example of unconditional love to her two surviving sons, Ted E. Murphy Jr and Tim Murphy.  Shirley was unique in that she was also a caring and loving mother-in-law to Dana (Tim) Murphy. And she was exceptional to extended family members including Krista and Cassandra and sisters-in-laws Joyce Howard, Shirley Snipes and Kathy Dalton.

Shirley was a member of the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church and enjoyed all sports of any kind (NFL, NBA, MLB and more).  She was an active member of the Dayton Advertising Club for decades.  Shirley enjoyed traveling, mostly to warmer climates like Hawaii, Florida and Las Vegas.

Private family services in the care of Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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