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Dorothy Sarah (DeMoss) Murphy
Des Moines

Dorothy Murphy passed away January 3, 2019, at Valley View Village in Des Moines at the age of 100. She was born April 10, 1918, in Wabasso, Minnesota, to Sylvester William and Grace (Purdy) DeMoss. She was a longtime member of Des Moines I.O.O.F. Rebekah Lodge. Her father, Sylvester was a charter member of the organization and her husband, Gene, was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, I.O.O.F.

Dorothy played her double-reed harmonica in North Senior Center jam sessions until she was 95. She had been taught as a 7 year old child by her uncles.

She and Gene loved traveling in their camper while searching for semi-precious gems for family jewelry. They spent lazy days of summer fishing at Saylorville Lake.

Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday at a Northside Community Center party and enjoyed an afternoon of talking with friends and family.

In 2016, she attended her 80th Altoona High School Reunion, as the only remaining alumni of the class of 1936. She received a tiara and red roses.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Janet Murphy and Sandie (Terrance) Heitter; John G. Jensen, son-in-law; Judith Gustafson, step-daughter; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 12 great great-grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; daughter, Karen Jensen; 6 sisters and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 14, 2019, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., with services to begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at:
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com











Service Details

Visitation:
Monday, January 14, 2019
9:30 to 11:00 am
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Service:
Monday, January 14, 2019
11:00 am
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Disposition:
Burial
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Arrangements:
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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