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Query: March 9, 2004  Austin American Statesman

Lora Virginia Murphy
Funeral Services for Lora Virginia Murphy, age 69, of Austin, Texas,
were held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Oak Hill Cemetery in
Lampasas under the direction of Briggs-Gamel Funeral Home.

She passed away Saturday, March 6, 2004, in an Austin Hospital.

Mrs. Murphy was born April 17, 1934, in Lampasas, Texas, to Joe and
Artie Lora Watkins.  On July 25, 1952, she married Virgil O. Murphy in
Lampasas.  They moved to Austin in 1960.  Mrs. Murphy was the first
woman to work for the Austin Fire Department where  she was secretary to
the Fire Chief.  After 23 years of service and earning the nickname of
"Chief Murphy" she retired in 1988.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil O. Murphy of Austin; son, Mike
Murphy and wife, Susan of Pflugerville; daughter Diane Murphy of Austin;
four grandchildren, Brent and Lance Murphy of Pflugerville, Brian and
Brittany Rayburn of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter Deborah

Briff-Gamel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.