Anna Maie Murphy, passed away July 4th at the age of 88. She was a lifelong learner and teacher that impacted so many in Arizona.
Born in Phoenix to Frank G. and Eula P. Murphy, Anna Maie graduated from St. Mary’s High School and went on to get her teaching degree at the University of Arizona . She spent three years in Europe teaching American children of military personnel. She returned to Phoenix to teach in the Osborn Elementary District, later becoming principal of Encanto Elementary School. She influenced many lives and shared her love of teaching and learning with friends and associates. She volunteered for many years at the Heard Museum and more recently at André House. She shared the gift of her laughter anyone in her presence. At Anna Maie’s request, contributions can be made to her beloved charity, André House, PO Box
2014, Phoenix, AZ 85001-2014, http://andrehouse.org/financialcontributions/
She is survived by her two brothers Joe and Pat Murphy, sister-in laws, Sherry Murphy, Joyce Murphy and Janine Evans. In her own words, “In 88 years, nobody had as much fun as I did. I had good fortune to be born to Frank and Eula Murphy, who were ideal parents for me. I had 3 wonderful brothers, Joe, Bill, Patrick and a nephew that managed my affairs. I am grateful to St. Mary’s Elementary and High School and St. Mary’s Catholic Church that supported me on the way to maturity. I am grateful to my cherished friends. I am especially grateful for the discovery of the work of the Andre House. I have had a blast. Follow your heart and you will discover something wonderful.” Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 3432 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Graveside Service will be at 9:00 AM, Monday, July 20, 2015 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix.
She was one of my favorite teachers… she taught with much love and compassion… I’m very sorry for your loss
Anna Maie was in our lives through Osborn and Encanto Schools. All her students and their parents were her priorities. She was always gracious, concerned and Happy. I was honored to know and work with her while my children were at Encanto School.
I am sorry for your loss. Know that she has been instrumental in the loves of many who adored her.
We happened to see Anna Maie’s funeral notice on Sunday. We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a special person and matriarch of the family after losing your Mom and Dad. I know she will be missed very much. We enjoyed her sense of humor and that “laugh” she always had.
Unfortunately we can’t attend her funeral due to some physical issues, but our thoughts will be with the family on Saturday. We are still living in Prescott presently.
All our best, Mary and Ed
Anna Maie was truly an inspiration in my life. She was my RCIA sponsor and helped me to grow spiritually. She was always there for me and I will be forever grateful for our friendship, which included lots of smiles and laughter. I am truly sorry for your loss. but please know how blessed I was to have Anna Maie in my life and feel as though I will continue to be blessed as she will be watching over me from heaven.
Anna Mae was a light where there was darkness to many students. Her love for them was so obvious. She brought laughter to many and her kindness and love will be remembered by many. My sympathy goes out to the family for I am sure that a very bright light has gone out in your family as well. God Bless you.
Anna Maie will be missed so much by everyone’s life that she touched and their were many. I loved knowing here and working with her at the Encanto School in the Osborn School District. Rest in peace Anna Maie, you deserve the very best!!
One of the very few individuals that impacted my life.
Very comforting to know I was just one of “many” she had the gift to influence.