March 27, 2014 in Obituaries

Obituary: Murphy, Kathleen F. (Kenny)


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MURPHY, Kathleen F. (Kenney) Kathy was born in Graceville, MN on December 13, 1933, the daughter of Charles and Florence Kenney. Kathy grew up in Spokane, WA where she attended Marycliff High School. She received an AA in Sociology at SBCC. Kathy met Gil Murphy on a blind date in Spokane, WA in 1955 and were married a year later in April of 1956. They had four children, a son Kenneth who passed away at age 10 and three daughters Sue, Sheila and Sally all five years apart in Goleta. They moved to Goleta in 1971 after leaving Vandenburg Air Force Base. Kathy was active in Newcomers Club, Women’s Auxiliary at St. Raphael’s Church, Santa Barbara Camp Fire Girls, and the Santa Barbara Sea Shell Association. She went to work for Catholic Social Services at the Indo Chinese Health Project for four years. Then Kathy went to work for Catholic Charities Thrift Store. In her retirement she had many hobbies; Bowling, Sailing, Bridge, and Rooting for the UCSB Girls Basketball Team. She especially found enjoyment in her three grandchildren who all lived in Goleta. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland, Scotland, and England and many trips in the USA. Kathy leaves behind daughter Sue Murphy (Kathy Murray) grandson Sam Verhasselt; daughter Sheila Davies (Steve) granddaughter Kathleen; daughter Sally Gilmour (Chris) granddaughter Molly; brother Pat Kenney and Sister Peggy Pickette and nineteen nephews and nieces. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband Gil; son Kenneth; brothers Bob, Ray and Jim Kenney. We would like to thank her team of doctors: Dr. Kupperman, Dr. Woliver, and Dr. Berkin. Her laughter will be remembered by all! Services will he held: Friday, March 28th 2014 at St. Raphael’s Church in Goleta, CA.

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