Jane Murphy

August 28, 1913March 25, 2019

Jane Friedersdorf Murphy, age 105, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away in her home on Monday, March 25, 2019. Jane was born on August 28, 1913 in Grammer, Indiana, the son of Lewis J. and Lillie Davis Friedersdorf. She was the youngest of five children: Nellie (1897 - 1978), Roy (1901 - 1981), Harold (1903 - 1991), and John (1911 - 1985). Her given name at birth was Amelia Jane, but she went by Jane her entire life. She married Herschel E. Murphy (1907 – 1969) of Columbus, Indiana in 1936. They had one son, Michael E. Murphy (1938 – 2017) who was a career Air Force officer. Michael is survived by his wife, Chin Hwa Murphy, of Melbourne, Florida. Jane was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana for more than six decades. She was a genealogist, publishing several reference works, and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Indiana Historical Society, and the Indiana Genealogical Society. Jane was a lifelong Christian, enjoyed her family and many friends, and loved travel, particularly to sleuth out the next family tree mystery for someone. Jane is survived by her five grandchildren: Mark Murphy (Lana) of Noblesville, Indiana; Matt Murphy (Jennifer) of Loveland, Ohio; Mallory Murphy (Becky), Michele Murphy, and Mary Murphy of Melbourne, Florida. She has eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A celebration of life for Jane will be held at First Christian Church (531 5th Street) in Columbus, Indiana, on Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 AM. Visitation will begin at 9:00a.m., and a reception will be held afterwards. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to First Christian Church at


  • Herschel Murphy, Husband
  • Michael Murphy, Son
  • Mark (Lana) Murphy, Grandchild
  • Matt (Jennifer) Murphy, Grandchild
  • Mallory (Becky) Murphy, Grandchild
  • Michele Murphy, Grandchild
  • Mary Murphy, Grandchild
  • Mrs. Murphy is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Nancy Martinez

March 26, 2019

I had the pleasure of taking care of Jane during the last 8 months of her life. Jane always had a smile on her face and she always wanted to know how my day had been. She was so full of knowledge and never wanted to be a burden to anyone. She was a pure joy to take care of even when she didn't feel her best. All of "Jane's Girls" truly loved being with her.