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Obituary of Dawn Murphy, 90


Dawn Murphy, 90, died November 29, 2019 at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, Pennsylvania.

Born March 15,1929 in Johnson City, New York, she was the daughter of Ethel and Arthur Saunders. Growing up on a 90 acre dairy farm and commercial apple orchard, Dawn was part of an extended family business. She attended a one room school through eighth grade learning cooperation and self-reliance.

Dawn graduated from Johnson City High School and married Lloyd Murphy on July 11, 1946. They enjoyed four decades of active family life until his death in 1990. Her parents and sister, Doris Fruci, preceded her in death and her brother Kenneth survives in Westford, Massachusetts.

Dawn's three daughters and two sons in law survive: Kathleen and Daniel Jones in State College, Pennsylvania, Bonnie and Wally Allert in Ione, California, and Melody Murphy of Westerville, Ohio.

Seven grandchildren provided excitement and fulfillment. Erika, Megan, Evan, Jessica, Drew, Ben, and Brooke were close to her heart. There are seven great grandchildren as well: Owen, Claire and Jordan Watts, Chloe, Will and Finn Davis, and Sloan Stuart.

While raising her daughters in Johnson City, Dawn was known for welcoming others into her home. Family and friends found encouragement, stability, and humor in her presence. The Murphy home was filled with music, laughter and Christian example.

Dawn was a prayer warrior and counselor to many friends who sought her advice.

During the 1970's, Dawn developed a Shaklee distributorship that initiated many additional friendships, created opportunities for travel, and allowed her business abilities to flourish. Her husband Lloyd joined her in the business, which continues today, 50 years later.

Relocating permanently to Cocoa Beach, Florida in the 1990's, Dawn fulfilled her dream of living on a beach. As a preferred destination for family and friends, her Florida home was known for reunions, outdoor activities, and beachfront fun.

Dawn was, most of all, devoted to her family. Her generosity and concern for others was constant. Her smile was bright and her encouragement was timely and welcomed.

A celebration of Dawn's life will take place in Florida at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home in State College. Friends and family may sign the online guest book at

Name of Deceased

Dawn Murphy



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Funeral Home

Koch Funeral Home

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