Pauline Reed Murphy, known to her family as “Mammaw,” 86 of Billings, passed away at her home on May 20, 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by the people who loved her. Pauline was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Clinchport, Va., the daughter of Charles and Ollie (Barnette) Reed.
Pauline grew up in Virginia and pursued her education there. On June 11, 1945, she married Robert F. Murphy Sr., in Richmond, Va. The family later moved to Delaware, Ohio, where Robert worked as a mechanic. They raised their children there, Pauline Frances, Robert Floyd Jr., and Ronald Charles.
Throughout her life, Pauline took on many different jobs to help support her family. She owned and operated a Laundromat, helped Robert at their service station, built buses and pursued a variety of jobs in the food service industry. Her love of nature took her to the great outdoors, which she loved so much she went to work at Yellowstone National Park for a time. She was a go-getter and wasn’t afraid of much. She enjoyed tagging along on family black bear hunts and hunting of any kind with her Smith and Wesson guns. Her hard side was equally balanced by her soft and tender side. She was a generous, kind and loving human being. She was caregiver to many people. She would take in the less fortunate and treated everyone with respect. The family home had an open door policy and everyone was welcome for a home-cooked Southern meal!
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Robert. She is survived by her children Frannie Fowler of Billings, Robert F. Murphy Jr. (Connie) of Marion, Ohio, and Ronald Murphy (Rose) of Hixson, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. The casket will remain open at the funeral home during business hours, until prior to services. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Michelotti-Sawyers is assisting with arrangements and remembrances may be shared online at www.michelottisawyers.com.