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Thelma Marie Murphy

October 18, 1928 — July 2, 2020

Thelma Marie Murphy, 91, formerly of Berrien Springs, died July 2, 2020, at West Woods of Bridgman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 2, at the Fairplain Seventh-day Adventist Church, Benton Harbor. Memories may be shared online at

Thelma was born October 18, 1928, in Kistler, W. Va., to Matthew and Belva (Harris) Turner. Before starting her nursing career, she was a colporteur for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She earned her LPN degree and worked in private duty and hospital nursing.

Survivors include two daughters, B. Marie Peters and Melanie (James) Guthrie; three sons, Linwood R., Terence E. (Hassanati), and William C. Murphy; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Thelma was the last surviving of her siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry Murphy (whom she married in 1946 in Logan, W. Va.), son, Jerry L. Murphy; three sisters, Effie Jeanne Pollard, Mae Ruth Ghee, and Eva Kent; two brothers, Robert L. and Levi Turner; a grandson; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Thelma is now at peace, with no more suffering. She would want all of us to encourage each other, in love, looking forward to meeting again when Jesus comes in the clouds of glory.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fairplain Seventh-day Adventist Church

140 Seneca Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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