Olive Murphy passed away peacefully at home on April 16, her family at her side.
Born in Moosimin, Saskatchewan in 1923 to Albert and Alice Carlson, she moved to Green Lake near Pleasant Valley with her family in 1937 to continue the family farming tradition.
Olive enlisted in the RCAF to serve Canada during WWII both at Pat Bay in Victoria and in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. There she met and married Frank Murphy who was also serving in the RCAF. The couple returned to Nanaimo after the war and spent the rest of their lives on their farm on Brannen Lake. Olive devoted her life to her three children, her husband, to her grandchildren and to her community interests.
Referred to as “supermom” she leaves her daughter Patricia (Ted Miller), sons John Murphy (Pat Spring) and Terry Murphy and grandchildren: Preston Miller (Paula), Alison MIller (Ryan Coutu), Keli Murphy and Nicole Murphy. She will be deeply missed and always remembered for the wonderful loving and generous person her family and friends were honoured to know.
She had a keen love and understanding of the animals and plants surrounding her on her farm and was most content when with family and friends in her own home and yard. She devoted much of her time in the later part of her life volunteering with “Friday Friends”, a charitable organization donating generously to School District #68 bursaries and scholarships. Her interest in young people extended to support of the Collishaw Air Cadet Corps in funding and encouraging the work of the cadets.
In keeping with Olives’ quiet, unassuming nature, the family will honour her request that there not be a memorial service, but there be a family service at the graveside at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.
The family will have an open house at a later date to let family and friends share in a celebration of her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Collishaw Air Cadet Corps may be made in Olives name at:
205 Collishaw RCACS, P.O. Box 39010, 720-530 5th Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 1P1.
“We walked with her as far as we could, now she has gone the rest of the way on her own.”