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Violet Francis Murphy

January 5, 1998 November 30, 2017
Violet  Francis  Murphy
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Obituary for Violet Francis Murphy

Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident, Ms. Violet Francis Murphy, 19, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at home in Kenai with her family by her side.

Memorial services will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at The Soldotna Church of Nazarene’s in Soldotna.

Violet was born January 5, 1998 in Soldotna, Alaska. She was a member of the Soldotna Church of The Nazarenes and The Kenai Christian Church in Kenai.

The family wrote, “Violet, another little angel taken too soon, was a blessing and a joy to our family and all those who knew her. We didn’t focus on what she couldn’t do, because that wasn’t who she was. When we looked at Violet, we saw a beautiful young woman who was so smart, strong, and amazing, that she inspired those around her to try harder and to be more. Her smile could light up the room. When she laughed, it could fill your soul with joy. Violet loved her family unconditionally (but she did play favorites). She could show her love without ever saying a word. Not everyone has those abilities, but Violet did. Violet overcame so much and was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Violet helped us discover who we were and shaped us into the people we are today. She showed us that we were stronger than we thought, and every day she inspired us to find joy in even the smallest of things. We watched her discover joy in her family, friends, caregivers, and her books! Oh, how she loved her books!Day in and day out, she was incredibly strong. She continued to preserve even when faced with unbelievable obstacles. She taught us; strength in not measured by who is the biggest or best, it is measured by your determination to continue in the face of hardships even when you feel you have nothing left to give. Because of that, Violet was the strongest person we knew. Violet helped us to see that we need o seize the moment and make he best of what life gives us. She taught us to be patient, kind, loving, and nurturing. And finally, she has us the gift of beauty. Her life wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t the most glamorous. There were a lot of hard times for her. Despite it all, she taught us that we can see past the difficulties and find the beauty, for there is always beauty.

Though Violet did not speak verbally, her voice and thoughts could always be heard. She was a beloved loved one, daughter, sister and friend. Her gentle smile, award winning laugh and spunky attitude will forever be missed.”

She was preceded in death by his brother, Floyd Murphy; cousins, Wayne Bird and Joe Ernst; grandpa, Don Schriver.

She is survived by her parents, Tim and Raelynne Murphy of Kenai; brothers, Devin, Shannon, Aiden, and Brody Murphy of Kenai; sister, Jacqueline Akers of Sweet Home, Oregon; niece, Aili Hammond Sweet Home, Oregon; grandmother, Dian Bird of Kenai; grandfather, Robert Stroman of Kenai; grandparents, Mark & Shari Turner of McKinney, Texas, Roger & Nita Murphy of Billings, Montana, and Deborah & Gale Glass of Clam Gulch, Alaska; great-grandparents, Pat & Elmer Bird of Funny River, Alaska and great-grandmother, Rose Mendoza of Toledo, Oregon; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, and Peru.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at


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