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Adelaide Catherine Murphy

Adelaide Catherine Murphy, 104, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The daughter of Michael J. Fox and Margaret (Klein) Fox, Adelaide was born on July 15, 1912, on a farm northeast of Watertown, South Dakota. She married Joseph Patrick Murphy on June 17, 1939, and together they farmed near Henry, SD, for 35 years before moving to Watertown.
Mrs. Murphy graduated from Watertown’s Immaculate Conception School in 1930. A life-long learner, she furthered her education in both Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, South Dakota. Mrs. Murphy taught in rural schools for nearly 10 years, followed by another 15 years at her alma mater, Immaculate Conception School.
A devout Catholic, Adelaide was passionate about Catholic education, using her gifts of ingenuity, networking, and creative arts to raise money and awareness for local causes. Mrs. Murphy’s strong love of children continued outside of her teaching career. She was a 4-H leader, CCD teacher, and sponsor of the Junior Catholic Daughters.
Adelaide was an inspiring bright light with a genuine heart for service. In her earlier years, she was an active member of St. Henry’s Altar Society. Adelaide was instrumental in the early formation of the Hunters Dinner, which recently celebrated its 65th year. While living in Watertown, South Dakota, she also served as Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America and was an Oblate of St. Benedict. Her volunteer work extended to many organizations throughout the community, with a special focus on sewing, connecting, encouraging, and praying for others.
In 2006, Adelaide moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, to reside closer to family. She enjoyed the senior housing of Danford Hall and was a lively participant in their events. Adelaide was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Parish and continued her volunteer work, including tireless efforts to fundraise for student tuition at St. Francis Xavier School. She also led a Bible study group and took on public speaking opportunities when she was beyond 100 years of age.
Mrs. Murphy is survived by three sons, Jerry (Beverlee) of Bettendorf, Iowa; James (Jeanne) of St. Joseph, Missouri; Richard (Theresa) of Littleton, Colorado; a daughter, Mary Kay Natho (Brad) of Commerce City, Colorado; and a son-in-law, Larry Heim of Orange, California. Adelaide was the proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren, Kathy, Joe (Judith), Tracy, John (Teresa), Kristy (Jim), Scott (Caroline), Shayla, Stephanie, Amy (Mike), Joseph (Cristin), and eight great-grandchildren. She is survived by one sister, Louise Wagner of Miesville, Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews.
Adelaide was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; daughter, Patricia; three infant sons, Joseph Jr., Shawn, and Eugene; four brothers, Fr. Leo Fox, Richard Fox, William Fox, Michael V. Fox; and a sister, Marie McAndrews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Immaculate Conception School in Watertown, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 A.M. Monday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Missouri, where the family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 22, 2017 Immaculate Conception Church, Watertown, South Dakota. Interment St. Henry Cemetery, Henry, South Dakota.
Funeral arrangements are made by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown, South Dakota, and Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Watertown, South Dakota

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