Betty Jean Murphy Thursday, June 4, 1925 - Friday, April 28, 2017

Betty Jean Murphy, 91, of Berrien Springs, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at Brentwood at Niles in Niles, Michigan.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, where friends may visit from noon until service time. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. Online memories may be left at Memorial donations may be made to Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), a program of Michigan State University Extension.

Betty was born June 4, 1925, in Berrien Center, the daughter of Gordon and Bonita (Hoadley) Murphy. She graduated from Dowagiac High School. In addition to caring for her family, she had worked as a secretary for Clark Equipment Company. She also volunteered for Berrien General Hospital’s Auxiliary and The Journal Era newspaper, and she was a member of the American Legion Post 85 Auxiliary. In her leisure time, she enjoyed working in her yard. Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Mark (Linda) Boehm of Niles and Scott (Sharon) Boehm of Buchanan; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Gordon Boehm and James Boehm; two sisters, Barbara and Margaret; and a brother, William Tatman.



May 2, 2017, Tuesday 1 p.m.

Allred Funeral Home, 212 South Main Street, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

May 2, 2017, Tuesday Noon til 1 p.m.

Allred Funeral Home, 212 South Main Street, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Betty was very special lady!  She was a part of our family memories from the time we were small children through adulthood.  Always a smile and a genuine, loving greeting when I would see her.  I think there is a unique bond when someone has known you your entire life, knows your family, knows your history.  Betty, Fran and my mother, Betty, shared many Sunday morning breakfasts together.  They shared a lifetime as young brides following WWII, raising children, joys and heartaches along the way and times as more free spirited ladies in later years.  We share in your loss but will always hold her close in our hearts.

Scott and Sharon, sorry to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie and Dewayne

Sorry of your loss Betty was a very nice lady I knew my thought and prays with you all

You're missed by so many!  I always enjoyed coming back to town to have breakfast with you and grandma.  Rest in Peace Betty!

I thought Betty was the most gracious lady I have ever met, I enjoyed seeing her around town and stopping to chat with her. She will truly be missed by many. My prayers go out to her family.  And you were just truly a most wonderful woman. 

Betty was the best neighbor you could ask for.  She graciously shared her driveway for 18 years with our three children who used it to ride their tricycles, bicycles, wagons and roller skates around and around through her yard and ours, never once complaining.  And she was the first person to hand out full size candy bars at Halloween.  She really felt like family.