Janida Murphree, age 90, died at 3:57 am on Sunday, October 25, in her daughter’s home in Middlebury, Vt. She died peacefully, surrounded by family, love, and prayer, after a long decline from Alzheimer’s. Janida and her five children came to Hays in 1967.
After gaining a master’s degree in speech language pathology from the then–Fort Hays State College, she ran a ground-breaking program for hearing-impaired children based at Lincoln Elementary School from 1968 to 1972. Sons Robert and Sid graduated from Hays High School in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Meigan, Gaen, and Jake attended, amongst them, Hays High School, the then–Hays Junior High, and Lincoln Elementary School. The family left Hays for Janida’s new job in McPherson the summer of 1972.
She is survived by sons Robert, of Norman, Okla.; Sidney, of Louisville, Ky.; and Jacob, of Omaha, Neb.; by daughter Gaen, of Middlebury, Vt.; by grandchildren Matthew, Colin, and John Murphree; Ian, Luke, and Jessica Murphree; and Meigan and Chloe Clark. Janida’s daughter Meigan, then of Lawton, Okla., died in 1998. Communications may be sent c/o 6 Thomas Street, Middlebury, Vt. 05753. For a fuller obituary, see “Janida Jones Murphree” at “findagrave.com” https://tinyurl.com/y3xsyoxw.
Posted online on January 23, 2021