Pauline passed away at the age of 91 on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. She was born on April 23, 1921 in Rochelle, Ill., the daughter of Ralyn M. Hill and Iva Fern Rock Hill. The family moved to Dickinson County in 1929. Pauline graduated from Abilene High School in 1939 and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated as a Registered Nurse on May 31, 1942. Pauline was married to Charles J. Murphy on Oct. 4, 1942. To this union five sons were born: D. Michael (Barbara) of Wichita, J. Patrick (Ann), Charles R. (Barbara) of Manhattan, Timothy L. (Elaine) of El Dorado and Mark A. (Joan) of New Strawn, Kan. There are 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Pauline was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Lutheran WELCA group, and a Sunday school leader. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Red Cross.
Pauline was the Abilene Public School Nurse for 34 years. She also worked part-time at the Abilene Hospital.
Her family has a long history of service to the United States and Dickinson County. She was proud of her father’s military service and his Medal of Honor from WWI. Her father was a mail carrier and postmaster in Dickinson County for many years. Her husband Charles was a farmer in Dickinson County and grandson of a Civil War veteran who was one of the pioneers and early sheriff of the county. Charles died March 10, 1989. Pauline was also preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Shirley Patterson and Mary Ellen Reynolds.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Becker Carlson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Abilene.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Abilene, or the Salvation Army in care of Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third, Abilene, KS 67410.