Lois Virginia Murphin, 97, resident of Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown and a past resident of Salem, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the evening of Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 12, at 2:00PM at Weathers Funeral Home with Michael Hogg officiating. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Pekin. Visitation will be Monday from 11AM-time of service.
Born July 7, 1920 in Pekin, Indiana, she was one of seven children born to Jeptha and Jencie Bunch Hobson. She married James “Jim” Murphin on September 9, 1939, in Lawrence County, Indiana. Together they welcomed two children: Billy Joe Murphin, born March 5, 1938, and Carolyn June Murphin, born July 14, 1943. Billy Joe passed away tragically at the age of thirteen. Lois and Jim were married for 51 years at the time of Jim’s death on August 15, 1991.
A devout Christian, Lois was an active member of Blue River Baptist Church in Pekin, Indiana. In 1947, Lois started working for JayC Food stores, where she retired in 1982 after 35 years of service. She had also worked for Kirlin’s Hallmark, BF Goodrich and Fletcher Real Estate and Auction Services.
Lois was a very caring and devoted member of her family. She took great joy in cooking and hosting events at her house when she lived in Salem. The lights of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are all better people due to her example of love and strength. She was an avid NASCAR and Tony Stewart fan; in her free time she loved cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family, caring for her great-grandchildren, and getting her hair done.
Lois is preceded in death by her husband: Jim Murphin, her son: Billy Joe Murphin, three brothers: Roy, Ted, and Oris “Bud” Hobson, three sisters: Eula VanMeter, Esther Osterkamp, and Marie “Elsie” Brown, her parents: Jeptha and Jencie Hobson, one son-in-law: Kenny Raisor, one step-grandson: Alan Raisor, and one step-daughter: Frances May Murphin.
She is survived by her daughter: Carolyn Raisor of Brownstown, Indiana, two grandchildren: Becky Weston (Ray) of Vallonia, Indiana, Shawn Raisor (Susan) of Brownstown, and step-granddaughter: Cassy Raisor of Columbus, Indiana. She has four great-grandchildren: Rachel Dotson (Stephen) of Pekin, Indiana, Matthew Weston (Shayla) of Vallonia, Indiana, Jared Raisor of Seymour, Indiana and Kirsten Raisor of Brownstown. She has three step-great grandchildren and four step great-great grandchildren.