Margaret Murphy, 97, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She will be interred at Moline Memorial Park in Moline and a private family memorial service will be held.
Margaret was born November 8, 1922 on her parents’ farm near Milan, Missouri. She was the youngest of 11 children born to James and Dora May (Harris) Glidewell. She graduated from Milan High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, Margaret worked at the Milan County Courthouse.
On August 17, 1949, Margaret married James N. Murphy in Trenton, MO. They moved to the Quad Cities, where they raised their 6 children, and enjoyed 57 years together. James preceded Margaret in death in November 2006. Margaret was a proud employee of Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 20 years. During this time, she worked in various departments. She retired with the title of Head Cashier and was forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked for such a fine company.
As a loyal member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in East Moline, Margaret was active in several church organizations. She enjoyed water aerobics classes at the Moline YMCA, reading, gardening, quilting, traveling, wintering in Hawaii, and cooking for her family. Margaret was particularly known for her Pot Roast Dinners, Texas Sheet Cake and Lace Cookies. She loved spending time with her large family and would always acknowledge birthdays and anniversaries. Margaret’s warm, welcoming, positive personality will be missed along with her loving smile and laugh.
Those left to cherish her memory are sons: George (Joan) Murphy, Arlington Heights, Dr. Greg (Susan) Murphy, Rock Island, Travis (Laurel) Murphy, Maple Grove, MN; daughters: Debbie (Brad) Holmer, Elmhurst, Monica (Mike) Brashears, Moline, and special son-in-law, Dennis (Cindy) Pingel, Beloit, WI. She is survived by a sister, Ailene, 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, and daughter Pamela Pingel.
Memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1450 30th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244.
Margaret’s family would like to thank the Hospice staff for the excellent care and compassion shown to Margaret during her final days.
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