Phyllis A. Murdock, age 71 of Montello, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Montello Care Center. She was born on July 20, 1943 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Irene Adams and was later adopted by Berlin and Edna (Good) Ripple. Phyllis graduated from Gerstmeyer Technical High School in Terre Haute, IN in 1961. She worked at Davis Gardens in Indiana after graduation. Phyllis married the love of her life, Thomas R. Murdock on December 24, 1962 in Terre Haute, IN while Tom was on leave from the Marine Corp. Tom preceded her in death on December 2, 2014.
Phyllis was a dedicated wife and mother and always made her children's friends feel welcome as a part of the family. She was so very proud of all her grandchildren. Phyllis enjoyed working at The School House of Newton with her dear friend, Doris Henke. Tom and Phyllis loved country music and attending concerts, traveling with their motor home and watching the wild life surround their new home.
Survivors include her two children, James (Lori), Wisconsin Dells and Vicki Zajda (Todd Perlberg), Montello; six grandchildren, Caleb, Cody and Cole Murdock, Eric Malston, Brianna and Zach Zajda and Michael Perlberg, her two beloved rat terriers, Trouble and Pistol, as well as many close friends. This especially includes Kathy McLaughlin, Deloris Bowe and Angel Weir. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service for Phyllis will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12:00 (noon) at New Beginnings Christian Community Church, W7220 County Hwy E, Westfield with Pastor Terry Temanson officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.
A special thanks to Montello Care Center for their care of Phyllis and to Steinhaus-Holly Funeral home of Westfield for taking good care of the family in their time of need.
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