Dolores M. Murphy

February 2, 1932January 28, 2020

Murphy, Dolores May (King) 87 of Largo, a St. Petersburg native she moved to Largo in 1970. She was a 1949 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. She had been a secretary at an elementary school and a real estate salesperson.

A fun time in life was the Adventure Club she belonged to for several years and she was a former member of the Women’s Service League of St. Petersburg. She had a wonderful life and was able to travel a lot with her husband Gene to whom she was married for 63 years. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas E. (Gene) Murphy. She was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Largo. Dolores was also a volunteer at Pinellas County Extension Center, Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors included three daughters Linda (Denny) Tyler, Terry (Al) Sychowski, Shirley (Tom) Maguire and special friend Ken Underhill.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 am Friday, February 7, 2020 at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.

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  • Linda (Denny) Tyler, Daughter
  • Terry (Al) Sychowski, Daughter
  • Shirley (Tom) Maguire, Daughter
  • Thomas E. (Gene) Murphy, Husband (deceased)
  • Mrs. Murphy also leaves behind her special friend Ken Underhill to cherish her memory.


  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, February 7, 2020


Dolores M. Murphy

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Diane Spaulding

February 9, 2020

I was incredibly blessed to arrive forty one years ago in Pinellas County and have Gene and Dolores as the first two people I met.

With only knowing that I was from the Steubenville area, they were so welcoming, helpful and caring- including advice on my very first apartment.

Little did I know- there was a bonus- I then met their 3 daughters and Mimi!

The Murphy home was always filled with love and laughter, be it a Halloween party across generations to a grateful Thanksgiving gathering.

I will always remember Dolores’ smile, her genuine interest in others, her intellect in becoming a realtor, traveling ( what a great cruise in Nov 1999) or simply at home playing cards,

Dolores’ spirit lives on in her amazing daughters and in the many lives she touched.

Linda, Denny, Terry, Al, Shirley and Tom- you will be in my prayers. May your memories bring you peace and solace.

I am truly blessed to have been touched by all of you!

Lou Claudio

February 3, 2020

I've known Dolores since 1983 when I first arrived in Pinellas County as a stranger in a strange land...and we've been fond friends ever since (our birthdays were a day apart - Feb 1 & 2). She was truly one of the warmest and most welcoming people I've ever known - together with her husband Gene and the entire Murphy family. Dolores shone with that inner light of the angels and she will always have a special place in my heart. I was blessed to know her and honored to have her call me friend. I miss her sorely already.

Carolyn Heimann

February 2, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Only just had the pleasure of meeting your lovely Mother, she was spunky, funny and very much an energetic sweet woman. And from the stories we’ve been told....she’s always been happy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of grieving. Much love! Bob and Carolyn Heimann

Al & Terry Sychowski

February 2, 2020

We will miss you forever and you will always be in our hearts.
Your loving family, ...Linda and Denny, Terry and Al, Shirley and Tom

Melissa Ellis

January 31, 2020

We were able to come visit this last fall. Dolores always had a smile in her face that was contagious. She was so welcoming wherever we visited. She made me feel like part of the family and would always want to know more about me. She is going to be missed by all. Sending Love from Utah.