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Peggy Jane Murphy

November 30, 1935 January 23, 2012
Peggy Jane Murphy
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Obituary for Peggy Jane Murphy
Peggy Jane Murphy passed away early Jan. 23, in her home in Vacaville with family by her side. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Jane Griffith-Smith, her grandson David Michael Sax, her granddaughter Sarah Jane Sax, her sister Arlene VanTussenbroek Matulich, her brother John VanTussenbroek, her step children, Mary, Kathy, Richard and Maureen, their spouses, 8 step grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dachshund, Wally. She is preceded in death by her husband James Murphy, daughter Adrienne Griffith, mother and father Jane and John VanTussenbroek and recently her loving cat, Kitty. Peggy was born Nov. 30, 1935 in her grandmother's house in Salt Lake City Utah. She lived in Salt Lake City until she was 7, then moved to Riverside California. Her family moved to San Jose in 1946 where she attended MR Trace Elementary, Hoover Junior High School, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. She was working at the U.S. Army base in Barstow, CA when she met and married Merritt Griffith in 1957. Following the birth of daughter Adrienne in 1958, they moved to Santa Rosa, where Stephanie was born. The family lived for many years in Fairfield. In 1982, Peggy married James Murphy, a long time Exxon employee. Peggy and Jim lived for a time in Huntington Beach, then returned to Vacaville where they eventually retired. Peggy and Jim loved camping, traveling and time with family and friends. Annual trips to Mexico were a highlight of their lives. After many years as a housewife, Peggy worked for the Fairfield School District, as a travel agent, and from 1985 as a real estate agent in the Vacaville area. Peggy was naturally gifted artistically and creatively; her talents were apparent in her beautifully decorated home, the design of her garden, and in the many innovative craft projects she completed through the years. Peggy was a strong, compassionate presence in the lives of her friends, family and children; especially to her grandchildren, giving freely of her time and unconditional love. Her sense of humor and contagious laugh brightened the days of everyone who knew her. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Kaiser Vacaville/Vallejo Hospice nurses and staff. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Peggy's name to Kaiser Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at McCune Garden Chapel Funeral Home, 212 Main Street Vacaville California. All are welcome.
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