Iris Helman Murtaugh

June 11, 1924June 2, 2018

Iris Helman Murtaugh was born June 11, 1924 to Nellie and James R. Helman, in Bloomer, Ohio, and died June 2, 2018. She was raised in Bradford, Ohio, and graduated from Bradford High School. Iris attended Manchester College. While working at Waco Aircraft Company, she met Clyde Murtaugh. They were married in Tucson, Arizona on Valentine’s Day, 1944. Iris and Clyde welcomed four children, and lived in Troy, Ohio , Grand Prairie, Texas, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Iris went back to school and in 1970 earned a degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. For several years she taught private piano lessons. Iris was a gifted musician: cornet and marimba (holding two mallets in each hand) in the Bradford High School Band; alto voice (sang with church choirs and soloist in the Messiah); pianist, organist (Memorial Christian Church). Iris was also a candy maker extraordinaire: fudge, pecan pralines, Buckeyes, and with Clyde, Pearl Murtaugh’s recipe for Opera Creams (Christmas). Iris was a long-time member of Journey of Faith Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, formerly Memorial Christian Church. She was also a member of American Guild of Organists, Bendix Wives, and Iroquois Place Book Club. Iris was predeceased by her parents, five sisters (Evelyn Rose, Virginia, Magdalene, Eileen, and Dixie), and her husband Clyde. She is survived by her children Nikii Murtaugh, Rev. Dr. Tim (Jennifer) Murtaugh, Dr. Chris Murtaugh, and Pete (Debbie) Murtaugh, grandchildren Meghann (Adam) Koile, Gabe Murtaugh and Caity Murtaugh, and brother-in-law Jack Davis. Mom was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the staff and administration of Evangelical Homes in Saline, Michigan for their outstanding care. In lieu of flowers kindly send memorial gifts to Journey of Faith Christian Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or Evangelical Homes of Michigan Foundation, 34024 West 8 Mile Road, Suite 101, Farmington MI 48335.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Iris Helman Murtaugh

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Ray & Marisa White

June 6, 2018

Marisa and I are so very sorry in the loss of your mother in law. Though we never met her, I can tell she was an extraordinary lady by reading her obituary. May the Lord provide you with comfort, strength and gentle reassurance during this time. Cherish the wonderful memories of her and may they always bring you solace. Your family remains in our thoughts and our prayers.