Velda Francis Murphy

February 20, 1913September 25, 2017

Velda Frances Murphy born February 20, 1913 in Purcell, Missouri.

Velda was service minded, helping and volunteering anyway she could. She was a “worker,” strong and feisty. She was awarded the “City of Plano Living Treasure” in 1996 for her civic activities and volunteer work.

Usually going by her given name, her dad called her Dolly and her Basketball coach called her “Hoddy”. Graduating high school at 16, she started teachers college and teaching school in a one room school house for grades 1st- 8th in Missouri. After teaching several years she moved to Southern California and worked in the Orange groves and Aircraft prior to WWII. She found her niches in the school cafeteria system. She worked in the kitchen and later worked up to Head of Food Service Palmdale ISD. She was a wonderful cook and master baker of snickerdoodle cookies. Where after many years she retired. She had many interests, volunteering, visiting the ill and the elderly. She loved to crochet and made and donated to many. Velda was an avid letter writer and reader especially her Bible. She loved to recall first getting electricity, indoor plumbing, and a telephone. In the ‘40s she and Pat visited the Santa Monica Pier where they enjoyed dancing to the “Big Bands.”

She loved telling her family stories of swimming in the river, wiener roasts in the pasture, skating on the frozen pond and winter sleigh rides. Velda was a member of Meadow Baptist Church since 1989 where she loved her pastor Scott. She volunteered in many ways, working in the nursery, the kitchen, volunteering in the office and with her TEL Sunday school class. These were her favorite activities.

Velda married “Pat” F.W. Murphy in 1941 in Las Vegas. They were married until his death in 1981. They met while they were both working in the Orange Groves, packing oranges in California.

Velda is survived by her daughter Nancy Berg and son in law Tom of Plano, TX; grandson Patrick Berg and his wife Emily of Goldthwaite, TX; grandson Alan Murphy and his wife Jen of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin; granddaughter Heidi Berg of Ft. Worth, TX; great grandchildren, Sophia and Brayden Murphy, Tackett and Stockton Berg, sister Iris Dowell of Buena Park, California and a multitude of nieces and nephews!

She is preceded in death by parents John and Genetta Hodson, husband Pat Murphy, brothers Othel, George, John, Ed, and Bobby; sisters Twila, Juanita, Cora, Essie, Jessie, Myrtal, and Flora.

Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, TX.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 7, 2017


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Nelda Stringer

October 22, 2017

Mrs Murphy was a very special lady. I worked in doctors office Tim Wright.We all loved her and she was always very uplifting when she came in . Nancy and Tom and Heidi I know you will miss her she was such a sweet lady. May you feel the comfort of God in this sad time.

Barbara Feath

October 16, 2017

Velda was quite a servant of God. Seems like she was always penning a letter or card to someone or driving someone somewhere (when she was still driving) or visiting the sick or doing whatever seemed to need doing for church service. Her crochet artwork, especially the baby blankets, were always a hit at baby showers or craft fairs, where the proceeds always went to the church.

I loved hearing her stories of her childhood days. Seems Velda was always a worker-bee. But she also volunteered--whether at church or at school where she read to the little children. My mother had dimentia. Velda always made a point to make her feel comfortable and to treat her just like a close friend.

I will always remember Velda. She was a friend.


September 30, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
Terri Baker

September 30, 2017

Velda was a great friend and I will miss her so very much. She came in every Monday to help me with the contributions for the church until she reached her middle 90's.
Then I started taking her out to eat once a week so we could still have time together. We went to a different restaurant every week. I found out she liked chicken fried steak, coleslaw and strawberry milkshakes. I would always introduce her as my "oldest" friend. She would say, "I'm everybody's oldest friend". I remember going to her 100th birthday party. She asked me if I'd ever been to a 100th birthday party. I told her no. She said, "Me either." She will always have a special place in my heart and I know heaven is a little brighter because Velda is there!! Vickie Beavers