Norma Jean (Ashby) Murphy, 78, of Terra Alta, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of the late Herbert and Lilly (Shaw) Ashby, she was born May 9, 1939, in Grafton.
Norma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved cooking for her family and had a special place in her heart for all her grandchildren. She liked to play bingo and color.
She is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Harley A. Murphy Sr.; six sons, William Murphy, of Accident, Md.; Ronald Murphy and companion, Brenda, of Oakland, Md.; Harley Murphy Jr. and companion, Doris, of Westernport, Md.; Robert (Dee) Murphy Sr., of Oakland; Keith (Brenda) Murphy, of Terra Alta; and Cody (Kristy) Murphy, of Friendsville, Md.; three daughters, Brenda Porter, of Oakland; Sandy Murphy and companion, Kenny, and Linda Rodeheaver, all of Terra Alta; two sisters, Pat Ryan and Sharon Ashby; eight brothers, Bill, Don, Roger, Butch, Joe, Ran, Tom and Rick Ashby; 16 grandchildren, Faith (Jimmy), Vaughn (Shannon), Heather (Bradley), Andy (Heather), Mark, Josh (Amy), Nick (Kristy), Bobby (Stephanie), Darina (Chad), Kevin, Ronnie (Pam), Mike (Marie), Whitney (Matt), Ashley (Brandon), Richann (Denny), J.B. (Amanda); and 25 great- grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Jean Fike (4/1/2000); a daughter-in-law, Theresa Murphy; two sons-in-law, Howard Sisler and Russell Fike; and a great-grandson, Bryson H. Rodeheaver.
Family and friends will be received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. time of service, Tuesday, April 10, with the Rev. Stanley Waybright officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Zion Cemetery, Swanton, Md.
Donations may be made in her memory to WV Caring, 519 Delta Road 25, Arthurdale, WV 26410.