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Ruth J. Murphy
Jan. 12, 1923-Aug. 14, 2018
Palo Alto, California

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Ruth J. Murphy, age 95, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 14 in her Palo Alto home. She was born on Jan. 12, 1923 in San Francisco. She attended Mission High School where she met her husband John who passed away in 1965. After marriage, Ruth and John lived in San Francisco. They moved to their Midtown Ranchette in Palo Alto in 1952 because she loved the country and wanted to get away from the fog! Ruth lived a full life including walking the Golden Gate Bridge on opening day in 1937, enjoying train trips to Santa Cruz, being a community advocate promoting sidewalks in Palo Alto, a lover of pets, a widow who enjoyed working for two Palo Alto doctors and found great joy cooking for her family. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda, Mary and Joan; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who lived a long, fulfilling life and was truly loved by her family. A special thanks to VITAS Healthcare for their loving hospice care.

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