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Beatrice "Bea" Mae Murphy, 82, of Park Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.

She was born Nov. 20, 1930 in Bemidji, to Coleman and Elsie (Luense) Love. It was in Bemidji that Bea attended public schools, graduating from Bemidji High School with the class of 1948.

As a young woman, Bea ventured to St. Paul, where she gained employment working for the State of Minnesota in the Motor Vehicle Registration Department. She later traveled to Olympia, Wash. where she also worked for the state.

On Nov. 13, 1952 she was united in marriage to Richard Murphy in Olympia. This union was blessed with two sons, Richard and Coleman. Bea devoted her life to making a warm and loving home for her sons. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious home cooking.

In addition to caring for her children, Bea had an interesting professional career. In 1958, she moved with her boys to Palatine, Ill., where she worked as a chief switchboard operator for the William Rainey Harper College in a career that spanned 22 years. In 1980, she moved to Jonesboro, Ga. where she worked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations until her retirement in 1992, due to health problems.

In 1996, Bea and her son, Coleman, returned to their northern Minnesota roots and settled in Park Rapids, where she lived the rest of her life.

Bea devoted her life to her sons and to her grandchildren and great- grandchildren of whom she loved with all her heart.

She is survived by her sons, Coleman Murphy of Park Rapids and Richard (Renee') Murphy of Helen, Ga.; grandchildren, Christopher Charles Murphy and Ryann Elizabeth Sharpe; great-grandson, Tristin Gabriel; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Donna Laurence and Ardy Dallager

Funeral service: 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids.

Interment: will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 12 at the funeral home.

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