Hilda Marie Murphy


(March 27, 2002)

A former Powell resident, Hilda Marie Murphy, 88, died Wednesday, March 27 at the Billings, Mont., home she shared with her son, Jay.

She was born April 17, 1913, at Aurora, Nebr., daughter of Brenard Acre and Bertha Regina (Heim) Shively. The family moved to Laurel, Mont., in 1927.

She was graduated from Laurel High School in 1931. She entered nurse's training in Bozeman, Mont., and graduated in 1934. She married Chester Guy Murphy in Powell on June 19, 1935. After his death, she moved to Billings in 1948.

She honored her role as a wife, mother, nanee, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was proud of her profession as a registered nurse. She loved her job at the Deaconess Medical Center on the maternity floor and at The Children's Clinic where she worked for over 20 years.

She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, the theater, embroidery and playing cards. She looked forward to the weekly Saturday night card games in Laurel with her brother, sister, son Jay and often Ron, Emily and Bruce Blevins of Powell.

Survivors include a daughter, Theodora Hofferber, and sons Jay Murphy and Dr. Rod (Vicki) Michael, all of Billings; a sister, Mildred Fuller, and a brother, Paul Shively, both of Laurel; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, among them Ron and Bruce Blevins of Powell.

She was preceded in death by her husband Chester; sisters Ruth Shoemaker and Evelyn Blevins; brothers Ray Shively and Charles Shively; two infant sons and an infant granddaughter.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family gathering will be held. The family suggests memorials to Big Sky Hospice, P.O. Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107.