Rosanne Murphy Obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Rosanne Murphy, age 91, mother of four children: Julie, Ronnie, Susan, and Cheryl, and lifetime family friend, My-Xuan Tran, who is like another daughter, passed from this life to her heavenly home to join her lifetime love, Dr. Marvin L. Murphy, on August 3, 2023. She was cared for by her family, special caregivers Reannah Duckett, Tammy Dodd, and Latasha Moore, as well as Cheryl’s work family and friends of Arkansas Hospice. Our family is eternally grateful for the exemplary love and care.
Rosanne was born October 23, 1931 in Nevada, Mo. She was the daughter of Bernice and Myron Drake. Rosanne has one brother, David Drake. Rosanne is, has been, and always will be very loved. She and Marvin sought to give their family two things: roots and wings. We seek to follow their example. She shared smiles, joys, and prayers with her special friends from her Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church, as well as her Upper Room group, which met weekly by phone through COVID and continues on. This group is led by this family’s dearest friend and pastor, David Fleming. These groups blessed Rosanne with sustaining shared faith and precious friendship. Her friend, Carolyn Watts, was her constant encourager and best friend. Thank you to Dr. Randy Hill for the many years of care and listening and being such a skilled and able help. Thank you Charlie Kinslow, constant co-book lover and avid reader. He advised her for decades, with countless early morning conversations, as he helped her grow assets in order to bless and care for others. Rosanne was blessed by having two church homes, First United Methodist and Grand Avenue United Methodist. Rosanne devotedly took as a personal mission to prepare place settings for guests of the weekly meal “Table of Grace,” offered by Grand Avenue United Methodist Church. She put silverware, a napkin, salt and pepper, and a Bible verse together for each person. Very commonly she asked, “Do you think they’ll have enough?” This was a way that she could continue to serve when her body weakened. She loved her church home and wanted to continue to help in honoring God and reaching out to others in the church’s mission of “building faith, bringing hope, and reaching out in love.” Rosanne loved music and nothing got in her way if the Hot Springs Music Festival was happening. She would be there! She graduated high school and attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., going on to Kansas University, where she got her degree in music. She taught piano at UALR Community School of Arts, and Rosanne taught many private lessons as well. In her early years of marriage, when Marv was in medical school, Rose taught school. She was occasionally mistaken for one of her students as she sat amongst them while teaching. Rosanne loved flowers, and she and Marv were charter members of Garvan Gardens. She also loved sweets and had her nightly ice cream, and was often teased about this. We know Marv awaits Rosanne in Heaven. Rosanne is survived by her children, Julie and Dave Samford, Ronnie and Anita Murphy, Susan and Jack Jackson, and Cheryl and Bill Nester. She delighted in her many grandchildren and it was common for her to give a run down of their goings on to those inclined to listen. Her grandchildren, whom she greatly loved, are Benjamin Slaton and Kerrene Cockrum, Wesley Slaton, Nicole and Kevin Simmons, Dean Murphy and Stephanie Allen, Danielle Murphy, TJ Jackson and Karli Ray, Grace Drake and Mary Porter, Gideon Drake and Raven Johnson, and Hope Drake and Jacob Werfelmann. Rosanne is also a proud great-grandmother to Skyler Slaton, Ariana Slaton, Harper Rose Slaton, Jaina Jackson, and Sylas Simmons. She is also a great-great-grandmother to Vivienne Maeve Bell. Step- grandchildren, that Rosanne felt privileged to love, include Caroline Nester and Justin Rooney, Alex Nester and Aldmar Joubert, Mattie Nester and Ryan McNally, Jonah Nester, Luna Nester, Kyle Samford, and Kory and Ciara Samford.
There will be a visitation from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, at Caruth-Hale funeral home at 155 Section Line Road in Hot Springs. Burial will be at Forest Hills in Alexander, Ark., at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9. A memorial service will be at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church at 841 Quapaw Avenue in Hot Springs on Wednesday, August 9 at 11 a.m., with Pastor David Fleming presiding. All are welcome. Thank you to David and our church family and friends of Grand Avenue United Methodist. Momma, please hold and hug Daddy for us. We miss him and we rejoice in your reunion. In lieu of flowers, for those who desire to give, the family ask that gifts go to Grand Avenue United Methodist Church for the Table of Grace meal: 841 Quapaw Avenue, Hot Springs, Ark., 71901, or you may give to Arkansas Hospice-Hot Springs to benefit those who have needs identified by staff, which would aid in their comfort and quality of life. Address is 508 Ouachita Avenue, Suite A, Hot Springs, Ark., 71901. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Ben and Wes Slaton, Nicole Simmons, Dean and Danielle Murphy, TJ Jackson, Grace, Gideon, and Hope Drake. Online condolences at:

Published August 6, 2023


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