Jo Murphy, 76, Hays, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born April 15, 1943, in Estherville, Iowa, to Donald and Rose (Whitlow) Coyle. She attended Indiana University and Western Illinois University, and earned her volunteer management program certification from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her certified administrator of volunteer services certification from the American Hospital Association.

She married Jim Murphy on June 4, 1966, in Rochester, Minn. They celebrated nearly 53 years of marriage. In 1980, she became a volunteer at Hadley Regional Medical Center. In 1986, she started her employment at Hays Medical Center as director of volunteer services, retiring in 2014. Her wholehearted dedication and pride in being part of Hays Med was equal to her passion for their volunteers and the difference they make. In 2014, she received the Norman W. Jeter Humanitarian Award at Hays Med, one of the highest awards of honor and associate can receive. She was very much loved by her Hays Med friends and family and will leave a void in many lives.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the PEO chapter BQ, was an excellent cook, enjoyed baking, gardening, flowers, listening to birds, drinking coffee and reading. She was always striving for self-improvement, helping people be better, had a huge capacity of love for others, and saw beauty and potential in all she met. She was kind, classy, generous, and loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, of the home in Hays; a son, Sean Murphy, Hays; a daughter, Erin Storer and husband, Doug, Hays; four brothers, David Coyle and wife, Dana Reno, Georgetown, Texas, Richard Coyle and wife, Sue, Big Lake, Minn., Patrick Coyle and wife, Colleen, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Kevin Coyle and wife Suzanne, Green Valley, Ariz.; a sister; Peggy Undem and husband, Kevin, Eagan, Minn.; two grandchildren, Courtney and Hunter Storer; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia Judd.

A celebration of life will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Fort Hays State University in the Memorial Union Stouffer Lounge; private family inurnment will be in Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, WaKeeney.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Med Volunteer Fund in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

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