Priscilla Katherine Murphy



Priscilla Katherine Murphy, 65, of Beaufort and formerly of Atkinson died Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

She is survived by numerous friends, extended family and her beloved pets, Molly the Corgi and Persian cats Tallulah and Caesar.

Born in Wilmington October 25, 1952 to the late Alice Hill Reeves Murphy and the late Ashley Monroe Murphy, Priscilla grew up in Atkinson in Pender County. She was proud of her father's service in the North Carolina House of Representatives which sparked her life-long interest in politics and social issues.

After high school graduation from Vardell Hall, Priscilla graduated from North Carolina State University in Political Science and also obtained a degree from East Carolina University in Health Information Management. She moved to Carteret County in 1980, soon settling in Beaufort. She loved her little yellow house and her garden which she was pleased to share several times on the Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour.
Priscilla looked forward to “porch” season every year and made it a point to greet and get to know the people and dogs that walked past her house. She was an accomplished hostess and an invitation to a gathering at her home was an event her friends looked forward to with pleasure. Her friends enjoyed many warm evenings on the porch with spirited discussions about food, gardening, and politics. Priscilla was true to her Democratic roots, but her generosity of spirit crossed party lines and her friends were a diverse group of people.

Working for over 35 years at Carteret Health Care initially as manager of medical records, later working in the Compliance department, Priscilla was a valued employee, a respected manager, and a loyal colleague.

There will be a graveside service Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2 PM at the Black River Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ivanhoe, North Carolina. Her many, many friends will be invited to a local Celebration of Life in Beaufort to be held this spring and announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation. Website is

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A service of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.