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 amyloidosis.org.
Shared memories and condolences may be sent to "Guestbook" above.
A service of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
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Jim Phelps lit a candle on Jun 17 2018 07:43:50 AM
Loved working with Priscilla many years ago in the UR department at Carteret General. It's hard to find a nicer, kinder spirit than she. She will be truly missed by her close friends in NC.
Submitted by Sharyn Sandstrom on Feb 19 2018 08:15:25 AM
Sorry to hear about Priscilla's much to soon passing. She was always a kind and generous soul. She was very very kind in her care of her Aunt Julia Phillips, who was a lady friend of my Uncle Bud Lugo.
Submitted by Tony Cortina on Feb 15 2018 01:16:01 PM
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Tony Cortina lit a candle on Feb 15 2018 01:07:35 PM
There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death. It is obvious from the many kind expressions that Ms. Murphy will be sadly missed by all who knew her. I find comfort in knowing the restoration of life is guaranteed. Jesus not only spoke of the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he himself was resurrected by his Father and performed many miracles. All such miraculous events, including resurrections, took place on earth giving us a precious glimpse of what is to come.......seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Further, death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed. His word is clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
May Jehovah God continue to bless you during this difficult time and in the days ahead......
Submitted by A. Marie Pettiford Casey on Feb 15 2018 10:14:57 AM
Priscilla left us much too soon and will not be forgotten by her many friends. She was a kind generous hard working person and I will really miss her.
Submitted by Jane Abernathy Hahn on Feb 14 2018 08:42:02 PM
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Bessie Murphy Lee lit a candle on Feb 14 2018 12:12:01 PM
I will always remember Priscilla as a great cook, a generous hostess, and a warm person. She loved to laugh and chat. She will be missed.
Submitted by Terry Strickland on Feb 14 2018 10:07:38 AM
Terry Strickland lit a candle for Priscilla Katherine Murphy
Terry Strickland lit a candle on Feb 14 2018 10:04:46 AM
I had the privilege of working for Priscilla in the medical records department. My fondest memories are those of my first wedding, because without her initially denying my day off to get married, I would not have had the best day ever. She and my co-workers put on a wedding I will never forget. And for her love of Garfield, Artichoke salad and those delicious stuffed potatoes. She was funny and extremely smart. She gave me an opportunity straight out of high school that I did not know was so valuable until many years later. She will be missed. She was a wonderful person.
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