Beryl Canaday Murphy

September 15, 1920 ~ August 25, 2019 (age 98)

A viewing and visitation will be 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 followed by a celebration of Beryl's life at 2:00 p.m. all at RiverCrest Chapel, Bixby. She will be laid to rest in Rest Haven Cemetery, Sperry.

On the morning of August 25, 2019, Beryl C. Murphy of Jenks, Oklahoma died at the age of 98.

Just shy of a century ago, on September 15, 1920, Beryl C. Murphy was born to Nathan and Hattie Canaday in the small Kansas town of Humboldt, Kansas. She was the youngest daughter of five siblings. Beryl attended and graduated from Centerville’s Parker High School, she then made her way to Kansas City where she worked as a “Harvey Girl” at Union Station during the WWII era. Additionally, while in Kansas City, she worked in an art store, where she began to collect artwork which has become part of her legacy to her family.

In 1951, Beryl married and moved to Tulsa. Over the next few years, she was blessed with her sons Michael and Matthew, who became a major focus of her life. During her long working career, she worked at Sinclair and Cities Service oil companies, and later at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. As a resident of downtown Tulsa’s Central Park Condominiums, she continued to work on a part-time basis well into her 80s.

Beryl was known for her generosity and devotion to family, as well as her sarcastic, quick wit that left an impression on everyone she encountered.  She was preceded in death by: her son, Matthew; her sisters: Edith and Virginia, and her brother, Lewis Laverne.  She is survived by: her brother, Glen of Dennison, TX; her son, Michael of Thailand; her grandchildren: Sarah and Jackson; her daughter-in-law, Lisa; her two great-grandsons: Landen and Logan - all residing in Tulsa, and by several nieces, nephews, and other loved ones. 

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