While in high school she actively supported and participated in community programs sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, including the Christmas toy drive, Christmas Bear Tree for Stanford Children's Hospital, annual Easter-egg hunt and Fire Prevention Week Open House. She considered the firefighters in Menlo Park her extended family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Ianson. She is survived by her father, Rexford Ianson, and his wife, Cece; aunts, Janet Bechtold (George), Karen Skogstrom (Michael) and Laurie Fleck (David); uncle, Edward Finney Jr.; and many cousins.
She attended Nativity School in Menlo Park and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Calif. She went on to attend the University of Portland in Portland, Ore.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Memorial donations may be made to the local Humane Society.
Longtime Menlo Park resident Michael Murphy, originally from County Cork, Ireland, died Monday morning, Nov. 5. He was 86.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan King Murphy; sisters, Kathleen Briscoe and Eileen Godsil; children, Sean Murphy, Tim Murphy and Siobhan Murphy; as well as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and a large extended family.
He retired as a longtime employee of Taylor Properties, working in real estate.
A funeral mass will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at noon at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. A viewing and rosary will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. at Roller Hapgood and Tinney Funeral Home, 980 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Canyon House through the Canyon House Employee Fund, P.O. Box 1120, Palo Alto, CA 94302.
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