Rose Mary Murphy, 91, of Atchison, KS, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Atchison Hospital. She was born Feb. 26, 1923 in Baileyville, KS, the daughter of John and Rose (Olberding) Dreier.
    She graduated from Sabetha High School in 1941. Rose was a housewife and homemaker for her family; she also worked as a bookkeeper for Lutz Brothers Dodge and Atchison Hospital, and did tailoring for J.C. Penney. Rose Mary was a very active member of St. Benedict’s Church, and a member and past president of Daughters of Isabella. She was an avid bridge and scrabble player.
    Rose Mary married Robert William Murphy on Oct. 23, 1945 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Falls City. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1998.
    Survivors include children, Larry (Carol Sue) Murphy, of Kansas City, MO, Mary Rose Murphy, of Escondido, CA, Bill (Coleen) Murphy, of Atchison, John (Sheryl) Murphy, of Plano, TX, R. Michael (Michelle) Murphy, Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Michael Murphy, Megan Jansen, Peter Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Christine Murphy, Andrew Murphy, Patrick Murphy; great grandchildren, James Jansen, Jack Jansen.
    She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Patricia Murphy and Teresa Murphy; and four sisters, LaVera Bennett, Lillian McClain, Violetta Wikle, Lucille Bearce.
    Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Church, with Abbott Barnabus Senecal, OSB as Celebrant.  Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Atchison. Family received friends Sunday, with parish rosary being recited at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison. Memorials are suggested to St. Benedict’s Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be left at

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