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Olga H. Murphy

November 24, 1916 ~ June 1, 2018 (age 101)

Olga H. Emilie (Kruger) Murphy entered into heavenly rest and the arms of Jesus on June 1, 2018 at the age of 101 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Olga was the 4th of 7 children born November 24, 1916 to Conrad and Bertha Kruger, German immigrants, who homesteaded above Lake Coeur d'Alene in Carlin Bay Idaho. Growing up German in America was not easy for Olga and her family. She attended a one room school house with children 1st -8th grades. Olga left school after the 4th grade, since her teachers had not been trained to teach German speaking children.  At 16 she joined her sisters, Truda and Bertha, living in Spokane. Each secured employment as maids, working in homes of the wealthy, caring for children, cooking and cleaning. In 1938 Olga met the love of her life, Bernard James Murphy, at the German Hall in Spokane where the sisters went weekly to dance. Bernard and Olga were married March 16, 1939 and settled into a one bedroom home at 1732 E Sanson. Starting their family, they first welcomed Bernadine in 1939 and Jim in 1941. Olga went back to work as a maid in 1951 for Dr. Raymond and Pearl Lower. The family moved in 1954 to a new home at 4228 N. Madison and a third child, Colleen, was born in 1956. Olga is remembered for many things, some of those being her love of gardening at her home and at her employer, Mrs. Pearl Lower's; having friends over to play cards and enjoy her lemon meringue or huckleberry pie. Bernard and Olga were faithful and involved members of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Olga is well remembered for her wonderful gravy made for the annual parish roast beef dinners. People looked forward to the yearly event and came, they said, “Because of Olga's gravy!” Having cookies ready for the grandchildren, coming over to family meals and birthdays, helping her husband in the garage with his woodworking projects, and always gardening, filled her days after retirement. Olga lived in her home until 2014 and then finally took up residence at North Central Care Center in Spokane. On November 26, 2016, with her family and friends she celebrated her 100th birthday. Olga was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and her husband of 63 years, Bernard James Murphy. She is survived by her children Bernadine Kuttner, James (Pattie) Murphy and Colleen (Loren) Houger. Grandchildren Father David Kuttner, Kevin (Patty) Kuttner, Katie (Patrick) Moran; Barry Murphy, Greggory (Lisa) Murphy, Patrick (Rachel) Murphy; Grady Houger, Chelsa (Dan) Wood, Emily (Marcus) Dingman, Aubrey (David) Palmieri, Isaac Houger. And Great grandchildren Ben, Max and Andrew Kuttner, Sarah and AnnaMae Morgan, Marena and RyLeigh Murphy,  Josh and Chase Murphy, Dominic and Chloe Wood, and Elliot Dingman.Our family sincerely wishes to thank the exceptional nurses and staff at NCCC for the outstanding care mom received during her stay there. Services begin Friday June 8th with a Visitation from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at Hennessey Division location followed by the 7:00 p.m. Vigil service at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Heroy Ave. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday June 9th 10:00 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, followed by 12 Noon Committal service at Holy Cross Cemetery and reception back at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church. Memorial donations: checks payable may be made to Catholic Daughters of Americas, CT WA #196, for “ Tanzania Brick Wall Project” Mail to Bernie Kuttner, 606 W. St Thomas More Way, Spokane, WA 99208.

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