Cynthia Ann Murphy

September 26, 1955March 7, 2018
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Cynthia Ann Sceili Murphy, 62, returned to her heavenly home on March 7, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God gave her happiness and motivated her to live her life to the fullest. She was diagnosed with cancer in the Fall of 2016 and decided to be joyful in having led a full life and exhibited optimistic enthusiasm throughout her treatments. Cynthia was born to the late Vernon Hawkshaw Sceili and Barbara Jeanne Sandberg, a painting contractor and a social worker respectively, in Salt Lake City, UT on September 26, 1955. She was immersed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that would be her lifelong support. She loved helping children, whether they were in her family, in her neighborhood or students at the elementary school. She worked as a teachers aide and a school crossing guard. She loved her grandchildren with a fierce commitment. She was continually planning activities and parties for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews and wanted to ensure that everyone was included and loved. Cynthia was blessed with a large and loving family. She married Michael Lee Murphy, on January 28, 1994 in the Salt Lake Temple. Cynthia lovingly helped raise Michael’s five children, Michael James Murphy (Annelise), Connie Ellen Johnson (Adam), Jeffrey Harold Murphy (Amy), Lisa Ann Brown (Scott) and Emilee Louise Alvarado (Lenin). As a young adult, Cynthia served an LDS mission in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She made many close friends over her lifetime and strived to keep close relationships with them. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace in the loving arms of her Savior. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Michael Lee Murphy; her sisters Susan Jeanne Sceili and Stephanie K Sceili-Luamanuvae; her brothers James Scott Sceili (Judy Jackson-Sceili) and William Gregory Sceili (Florie Sceili); and her grandchildren, Ivy Kristine, Madeleine Olivia, Cara Lyn, Zackary Glade, Camryn Jane, Michael David, Claire Louise, Emmett Harold, Gwendolyn Bliss, Logan Garn, Zander Scott, Liv Carolyn, Zeke Harold, Lucas Ismael, Christian James and Samuel Cooper. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Jeanne Sandberg-Sceili; her father, Vernon Hawkshaw Sceili; her brothers, Barry Theodore Sceili (Barbara Sceili Peterson) and Jeffery Sceili; and her grandson, Ian James. There will be a viewing on Monday, March 12 from 6 pm to 8pm at the Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home located at 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City. The funeral services will be on March 13 at 11 am at the LDS church located at 6710 West 4145 South. There will be a short viewing from 10:00 am to 10:45 am before the services. Cynthia will be buried at the Valley View Cemetery after the service.


  • Vernon Hawkshaw Sceili, Father
  • Barbara Jeanne Sandberg Sceili, Mother


  • Viewing Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Viewing Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Audrey Hammer

March 13, 2018

Cynthia was an Activity Days leader for Sara, who’s now 13. She left a deep impact on Sara and was available when Sara was mad at her family. She showed Sara how to serve and made her a better person, which has been a great gift to our family.

Barbara Crandall

March 13, 2018

Susan, Stephanie and the Sceili Family, I feel so honored to have known your sweet sister Cynthia. I am also blessed to have known your parents too. There is nothing better than the Friendships we earn as I have with your entire family. Please know how sad I am for all of you and that my heart lays heavy too. Thank you all for being the GREAT Humans that set an example of being so kind and so humble. The world needs more people like you and I will forever cherish my friendship with all of you. Stay strong and love each other just as your parents displayed how to be a close family. Love and Hugs now and forever.
Your Friend,
Barbara C.

Debbie Stidham (King)

March 12, 2018

Cynthia was my childhood friend. A flood of great memories flashed my mind when I heard about her passing. Even though I hadn't spoken to her in years, she has always held a special spot in my heart.
She will be missed by many, however wonderful memories of her will keep her alive in their heart.
All my love and sympathies to the Sceili and Murphy families.

John Lillie

March 12, 2018

I knew Cynthia while living in OKC nearly 35 years ago. She was an angel and was consistently thinking of other people's needs and feelings. Her smile was contagious and her heart big. My heart is softened whenever I think of her.
The world has lost a true saint and Heaven gained one.
God Bless her family and loved ones.

Tonia and Nate McCall

March 11, 2018

We have had the privilege of knowing sweet Cynthia for a few years. She has been so sweet and taken us in as good friends. She and her family was so easy to get to know and love. Wishing the family all the peace and comfort they need at this time.

Jean Hunt

March 9, 2018

My high school memory of Cynthia was her glorious smile that always brightened the room when she came in. I missed out on being a friend, but always wished I too could be "the sunshine" she so gracefully embodied. Heaven has gained an angel that I'm certain sits at the right hand of God. Condolences to her family and all who's lives she touched.

Candee Smith Caldwell

March 9, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear of Cynthia passing. I went to high school with her I have a lot of fond memories of her. We were in dance together as well. She always had infectious smile . I know she lives in all of our hearts for ever.

Cindy Draper

March 9, 2018

I met Cynthia when she was on her mission and became friends. I later moved to Utah where we shared many fun times and lived together for many years. Her family accepted me and I was like a member of their family for years. We went to baseball games, trips to Yuba lake on Memorial day and many other cherished memories. Cynthia and I liked to travel when we could and went to some fun places. We have been friends for almost 40 years. She taught me so many things about life and myself. She had the biggest heart of anyone I know. I am so happy that she was blessed to marry Mike and become a mother to 5 wonderful children and have so many grandchildren that she adored each one and I know that she made each one feel special and loved. I know that she is in a better place but she will be missed by many people and loved ones. I will always cherish all of the times that we shared, all of the laughter and tears. I know that she will have a happy reunion with her mom, dad, brothers, grandson, other family members and friends that have gone before her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sceili family and to Mike, the kids and grandkids. We have all been blessed by having her in our lives for the time that we did. God be with you until we meet again Cynth. I love you and miss you.

Emily Watson

March 9, 2018

My earliest memory of Cynthia was one of kindness and warmth. When we met again, many years later, that was still the same. I know she will be dearly missed by those in her life. Wishing her family love and comfort.

Kim Dyches

March 8, 2018

Cynthia was a kind loving friend. Our family loved her and enjoyed the time we were blessed to spend with her. We witnessed her kind loving acts through the years. We will miss her dearly.