Sue Ann Murphy, 79, of Fulton, formerly of Wyaconda, died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

She was born the daughter of Eric L. and Della Mae (Parker) Reeser in Louisville, KY on November 23, 1937. Sue was a 1954 graduate of the West Point (KY) High School and a graduate of the 1959 Nursing Class from the St. Anthony School of Nursing.

Sue married Billy L. Murphy on October 14, 1959.   He preceded her in death on December 20, 1991. She had met Bill while he was in the Air Force, stationed at Ft. Knox, KY.

The Murphys moved to Missouri and settled on the family farm, south of Wyaconda.   Sue worked as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Keokuk and at the Clark County and Scotland County Health Departments before moving to Columbia to work as a nurse first at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital and then part-time as a nurse at Boone County Hospital, until her retirement.

She enjoyed gardening, her flowers and tending to her yard.  Sue played online games to keep her mind sharp. She was a woman of faith and spent time studying the Word.   You could find her prayers and notes taped to walls and mirrors around her home.

Sue treasured spending time with her family, especially at Thanksgiving and July 4th gatherings.   She will always be remembered for her home-made egg nog, ice cream and candies that she shared every Thanksgiving.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; in-laws, James and Nettie Murphy; a sister-in-law, Faylene Murphy; and a brother-in-law, Robert Morris.

She is survived by her children: David (Lynette) Murphy of Callao, MO, Sandra Hardy of Fulton, MO, Donald (Sandy Ann) Murphy of Jefferson City, MO, Micheal L. Murphy Sr. of East Moline, IL, and Erica (John) Murphy-Cayou of Columbia, MO; a brother, Donald (Jeannie) Reeser; sister-in-law, Mary Morris; brother-in-law, Richard Murphy; grandchildren, Susan (Lee) Schmitz, K. Duane (Jennifer) Hardy; Brianna (Eric Mehmert) Murphy, Micheal (Anna) Murphy Jr. and Virginia (Blaine Covert) Murphy; nine great–grandchildren with one on the way; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held September 29, 2017 at the Wyaconda Christian Church with Paul Harvey, pastor of the Wyaconda Christian Church, officiating.   Lee Schmitz, Eric Mehmert, Blaine Covert, K. Duane Hardy, and Micheal L. Murhpy, Jr. served as pallbearers.  An Eastern Star service, conducted by the Kahoka Lodge #40, was held during the funeral.   Burial was in the Wyaconda Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Wyaconda Cemetery and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Murphy family by signing the online guest register at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.