Mary Murphy


VAN WERT -- Mary E. Murphy, 70, Van Wert, died at 5:25 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at Kobacker House Hospice, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born March 30, 1942, in Roda, Virginia, the daughter of Delmon and Avalon (Grindstaff) Back. On July 30, 1983, she married Alan P. Murphy, who died February 20, 1994. She retired from Federal Mogul Corporation, Van Wert, Ohio, and was a member of Van Wert VFW Auxiliary.

Surviving are her mother, Mandale, Ohio; a son, Donald Clifford Sharp, Lima, Ohio; a daughter, Brenda (Mike) Hall, Defiance, Ohio; brothers, Roger (Linda) Back of Grover Hill, Ohio, and Fred (Nancy) Back, Granville, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Joseph Majors, Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Delores (Dennis) Smith of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Lorraine (James) Bremer, Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Chance and Devin Okuly; and four great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her father; a son, Rocky Sharp; and a sister, Louise Majors.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. Gary Bragg officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, December 17, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or Kobacker House Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at

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