Kathryne Owen Murphey
Kathryne Owen Murphey
  • January 8, 1930 - May 27, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Kathryne Owen Murphey, 87, was born on January 8, 1930 in Sharon, PA and passed away at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD on May 27th from complications of kidney disease. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Wayne Keller Murphey. She is survived by three daughters and two sons: Kathryne Murphey of Marrero, LA; Elizabeth Thompson of Slippery Rock, PA; Wayne Murphey of Las Vegas, NV; John Murphey of Reno, NV and Jane McInerney of Hummelstown, PA as well as 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Kathy lived in College Station, TX and State College, PA prior to moving to Annapolis MD 35 years ago. She graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg PA in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. While in college, she briefly worked as a department store model in Indianapolis IN. After her marriage and move to State College PA, she worked at the local radio station until the birth of her first daughter.

In State College, she was active as the President of the PTA, member of the Planning Commission, member of the American Association of University Women, Band Mother, and Girl Scout leader. In College Station, she volunteered at KAMU, the public television station. She continued her Band Mother duties after moving to Annapolis while also serving as a tour guide for Historic Annapolis and as a docent at the Paca House for many years. She was active in the local Panhellenic and Questers groups. Kathy was an avid bridge player, enjoyed playing—and then watching—tennis, loved watching Penn State football and was always interested in the local and national news. She was willing to discuss any and all issues and let her opinion be known.

Services and Interment were private.