Betty Haltiwanger Murphy

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 3:37pm
By: The Citizen

Betty Haltiwanger "Be" Murphy, 88, Fayetteville, died Nov. 22, 2009 after a long illness. She was born May 13, 1921 in Zamboanga Mindanao, Philippines. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilber and Pilar Haltiwanger, a brother, Robert W. Haltiwanger, a sister, Anita D. Wall, and her husband, Wesley Culpepper Murphy. When her father retired from the United States Army they relocated to Ocala, Fla., where she enjoyed cheerleading and kept her award winning swimming at Silver Springs. When her father was recalled to the Army, they moved to East Point in 1941 where she met her husband and moved to his hometown of Fayetteville. She had worked at Clayton General Hospital and retired as a dental receptionist and a bookkeeper. She had a love of animals and raised and showed several breeds of dogs as an AKC member. She enjoyed painting as a hobby and helped to start the annual Courthouse Art Show. She volunteered at the Sams School for Special Children and the Senior Citizens Center in Fayetteville. She was a member of North Fayette United Methodist Church and the Open Door Sunday School Class. Services are today, Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Carl J. Mowell chapel. Interment is as at Fayetteville City Cemetery. Survivors include Patricia M. and Frazier Vereen, Newnan, and Susanna M. and Raymond Wolford, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Louise A. Popham, Murphy Wolford, Kate A. Matthews, and Elizabeth W. Mehaffey; and seven great-grandchildren. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was in charge.

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