Angie W. MurphyA grand lady goes home.  Oma Angie Worley Murphy went to be with her Lord on June 5, 2010 at the age of 92.

Born in Hampshire, Tennessee on November 1, 1917, she was the eldest child of Stephen Alonzo and Alice Haynes Worley, and a descendent of the Worleys who arrived here with William Penn in the seventeenth century.

After local schooling, she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, graduating in 1940, with a BS in home economics.  After some brief classroom teaching assignments and a clerical stint with the TVA, she joined the Tennessee Extension Service as a 4-H and Home Demonstration Agent for some fifteen years, leading up to an Outstanding Extension Agent award given at the Extension Conference in Chicago in 1954.  In 1955 she pursued further college training at Cornell University, receiving her Master of Science degree in Textiles and Clothing in 1957 and was elected to Kappa Omicron Nu, the honorary society of Home Economics leadership.  It seemed that Cornell had more to offer her.  It was at this time that Angie met and married Dr. John (Jack) Murphy, a member of the Cornell Administrative Staff, and they have been happily married for over fifty-two years.

Later, always the teacher, she returned briefly to the Cornell faculty in the sixties, as a member of the Textiles and Clothing Department.  Her last teaching was a ten year stint handling junior-high home economics at Trumansburg Central School.

Angie’s greatest love was her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His Church.  She was a dedicated bible student holding fast to the unadulterated Gospel of her Lord.  This love carried over to her family, her friends and neighbors.  She was loved and admired by all of us for her ability to solve situations without stress by using her quick wit and good judgment.  One admirer called it “Life style Evangelism”.  Truly, she lived her Christian faith.

Name an interest and Angie had it – painting and art of all kinds, flowers, birds, sewing, quilting, knitting, and on and on.  Her many interests impelled her to spend numerous summer workshops at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  “It relaxes and inspires me,” she insisted. 

Angie was always an inspiration to us all – and she will be sorely missed by her husband Jack, her six children Linda, John, Daniel (MaryAnne), Sharon (David), Robert (Annette), and Barbara (Rich) along with her twelve beloved grandchildren; three siblings Martha Gant Anderson, Samuel Alonzo (Jean) Worley, and Ruth Kerley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg on Wednesday, June 9th at 11:00 am, with the Reverend Pete Hood and Reverend Dennis Christiansen officiating, with private interment services for the family.

In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or the organization of your choice.