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Gay (Gaydos) Murphy

Born: Sun., Mar. 5, 1922
Died: Sun., Jan. 18, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

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   Gay Gaydos Murphy, age 92, of Chesterton, Indiana passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Gay was born on March 5, 1922 in Gary, Indiana, to Anna (Mislan) and Paul Gaydos (Gaidash).

Gay is survived by her daughter, Shannon G. Murphy of Petaluma, California; grandchildren, Kara Anne Rodenhizer-Stampfli of Deerfield, New Hampshire, John S. Rodenhizer II, and Thomas R. Rodenhizer of North Hollywood, California; great-grandson, Aiden A. Stampfli of Deerfield, New Hampshire; sister, Anne Hattery, of Valparaiso, Indiana, and many nieces and nephews.

Gay was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Commander Thomas (Tom) J. Murphy; son, Brian T. Murphy; parents, Anna and Paul Gaydos; sisters, Julia Cebulky and Helen Klich; and brother, Paul Gaydos.

Gay attended Lew Wallace High School and Gary College. She worked for the Carnegie-Illinois Steele Corporation before becoming an airline stewardess at United Airlines in 1948. In 1956, Gay turned in her wings for bridal gown after meeting her husband, Tom in Arlington, VA. She married a few weeks later, on June 2, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan aboard the U.S.S. Reaper. Gay traveled the world with her husband living overseas in Japan, London, Istanbul, and Turkey. She also resided in Norfolk, Virginia, Woodbridge, Connecticut, West Falmouth, Massachusetts, and finally settled in Chesterton, Indiana in 2005.

Gay was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her passions were her family, reading, entertaining, and telling her grandchildren about her worldly travels and falling in love with their grandfather.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the White Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton, Indiana. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Fort Meyer, Virginia, at a later date.


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   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
I only knew Mrs. Murphy for a brief period of time, but it did not take long to grow to love her. Her quick wit and humor were enviable and unmatched. Her love was almost overwhelming, especially when it came to her family. One can only hope for the ability to love as deeply and completely as she did. With absolute sincerity, she taught me the "I love you more game" and told me to call her grandma only the second time I saw her. She was a very special woman with whom I feel privileged to have spent some time. I cannot imagine the hole that she has left in the lives of those who loved her longer. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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