Lives Lived: Joan Murphy |

Lives Lived: Joan Murphy

Joan Singleton Murphy graced this earth with beauty and style. She died in Grass Valley, after several years of declining health. She was 83.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens cemetery in Grass Valley.

She was born in Ohio to Joan and Daniel Sheehan, she moved to San Diego in 1942 with her mother and stepfather Laurence Bowman, where she attended Hoover High School.

On Sept. 27, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Lee Singleton. They raised two daughters in the San Diego area. Mr. Singleton preceded her in death in 1992.

Nov. 14, 1993, she married James E. Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker and independent Mary Kay consultant.

The Murphys were very active members of Sierra Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Murphy was also an active member of the Lake Wildwood Theater, Nevada County Newcomer’s Club, Red Hat Society, Gold Country Organ Club and the Lady Niners golf club at Lake Wildwood. Her hobbies included , golf, theater, travel, swimming and organ.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Murphy, of Lake Wildwood; children, Lynn Singleton Ewing and her husband, Gail Ewing, of San Carlos, Calif., and Vickie Lee Singleton of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister, Patricia Bowman Gleason and her husband, James Gleason, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Kristin Lorraine Meeker of Oakland, Calif., Brittany Dru Ketcham of Mountain View, Calif., Todd Ross Ewing of San Carlos, Calif., and CJ Ketcham of Reno, Nev.; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren through her daughter Lynn’s marriage, and four step-children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren through her marriage to James Murphy.

Mrs. Singleton was preceded in death by her parents, Joan and Laurence Bowman.

She will be greatly missed for her bright smile, her optimistic outlook and her loving relationships with family and friends.

Memorial contributions to may be made to Lake Wildwood Theater, P.O. Box 351, Penn Valley, CA 95946; or to Sierra Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 268, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Funeral arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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