Barbara Jo Murphy

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June 18, 1941 - August 8, 2021
Born in Fort Gibson, OK
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Barbara Jo Murphy of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday, August 8, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Reba Steeber; her sister, Charlene Pogue; and her brother-in-law, Don Lee Murphy.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Neil Murphy; her children, James (Jeannie) Murphy and Melissa Newfield; her grandchildren, Andrew Murphy, Douglas Murphy, and Christopher Newfield; her siblings, Cheryl Harshfield and Robert (Brenda) Steeber; and her brother-in-law, Orie Pogue.

Early in her life, Barbara decided that she was meant to be a teacher.  She began her career teaching the 6th grade at Wentzville School District, Willowbrook, and Fort Zumwalt.  She retired in 1997 after a brilliant, 34-year career.  All throughout her time teaching, Barbara enjoyed working with children.

After retirement, Barbara pursued her hobbies such as quilting and genealogical study.  She immersed herself in Cherokee culture and gave speeches about Indian heritage.  Barbara took art classes and was very talented. She designed and made jewelry and did craft shows where she presented earrings, brooches, and necklaces. She liked to sew, and she made outfits and costumes for her children. There was always a project around the house for her to take on, and she was always up for a challenge.

In 1976, Barbara and her husband moved to the outer parts of St. Charles in the "country" to enjoy life outdoors.  She loved to be outdoors gardening her vegetables. She volunteered many years at the St. Charles Jaycee Senior Center and was the president and treasurer of the volunteers.  Barbara was a wonderful person and truly the light of her husband’s life.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's name to the American Heart Association.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Mikell Hayes August 13, 2021 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    candle 2My deepest condolences to the entire family and friends. You will be in my prayers.

  2. Heather Bell August 13, 2021 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    candle 2Mrs. Murphy was a great teacher. Rest in peace.

  3. Andrew Murphy August 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    candle 7I’ll miss you, Grandma. Rest peacefully.

  4. Jeff Lange August 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    candle 8Mrs. Murphy was a Great teacher. I had her at Lewis and Clark In 1977,78. Prayers to your family.

  5. Brian Brinkman August 15, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8Mrs. Murphy was my 6th grade English teacher during the 1985-86 school year. She was patient and humorous. I remember she drove a green Malibu station wagon with an “I brake for garage sales” bumper sticker (or something close to that). One of her trademark punchlines was “I also lie a lot.” I never bumped into her since middle school and wondered how her retirement went. It sounds like a great one! She made it to 80, but it sounds like she could’ve easily filled another couple of decades with her family and interests.

  6. Rebecca Batchelder (McIntyre) August 16, 2021 at 7:06 am - Reply

    This was my grade school teacher Mrs.Murphy I’m sorry for the family’s loss RIP

  7. Allison K August 17, 2021 at 6:34 am - Reply

    candle 1Such a sweet woman and thankful she had so many wonderful years in retirement. Love that smile!

  8. Agnes Huels August 17, 2021 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    My prayers go out for Neil and Barbs family. I have the fondest memories of teaching with Barb at South Middle School. She loved teaching and her students.She was a breath of fresh air for anyone she knew. She will be missed!💕

  9. Richard W Peters August 19, 2021 at 10:16 am - Reply

    candle 5You were always so sweet to me. Thank you so much for everything you did to make this world a better place. This loss is a great one.

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