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MURPHY, Terry Lee (Sue)

August 11, 1957 – Nelson, British Columbia
August 2, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Terry Murphy, known to friends as “Sue”, passed away on August 2, 2018 at the age of 60.

Sue grew up in Crawford Bay, BC, the second-oldest of her six siblings. She attended business college in Trail and later moved to Cranbrook to pursue an apprenticeship in the newspaper industry as a compositor. During those times, she was often known as “Trans Am Sue”, racing around town in her car. Sue was an avid pool player and happened to meet Doug one night at a bar in Fort St John and challenged him to a game of pool. To her surprise, Doug beat her and they have been together ever since. Sue and Doug married in 1982 and had Tara, their only daughter, in 1983. Doug and Sue moved to Calgary shortly afterwards where Sue started her own typesetting company, Shawnessy Type.

Sue was a very outgoing and fun person to be around, always laughing and seeing the humorous side to life. Sue loved volunteering at the Meow Foundation and celebrated 15 years, going every Monday to care for the cats and even fostered a few who never seemed to leave her home! Sue also enjoyed cake decorating and all kinds of baking, and would pour over cookbooks finding the perfect dessert to accompany dinner or a special occasion she was looking forward to. Sue was also an amazing cook and was well-known for many famous dishes she proudly made better than Doug, such as prime rib, Yorkshires, and peanut-thai pizzas among others!

Sue was the kind of person that made new friends instantly and wasn’t shy to say hello or start up a conversation. She could often be found at Costco or the doctor’s office striking up a conversation and making a stranger smile. She was known to easily spot celebrities and would go right up to them and say hello. She was a warm and generous person who could make you smile when having a bad day, or give you advice. Sue was very honest, and that was one of her greatest qualities.

Sue was the best mother anyone could have, and celebrated almost 36 years of marriage with Doug.

We would like to thank the kind staff at Tom Baker cancer Hospital and South Calgary Hospital who helped care for Sue.

Sue is survived by her husband Doug and her daughter Tara.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Sue Murphy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12292 – 40 Street S.E., Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Sonya Dusevic :

    Sincere condolences to the Murphy family. I have very fond memories working with Terry, as I knew her then. She was a generous and spirited person, who took pride in her work. She was most proud of being a wife and mom, and loved to share stories of her family and pets.

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  2. Mike Bellman :

    very sad to hear that suzie has crossed the rainbow brigde she was one of a kind growing up and going to school in dogpatch ie Crawford bay many fond memories

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  3. Genevieve Denis :

    Doug and Tara,
    My thoughts are with you. I deeply loved Sue and she will be remembered for ever in my heart. Love you all. XXX

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  4. Glen Hawkins :

    My condolences

    I knew all the Johnson family

    Glen Hawkins

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  5. Helen McClure Cummings :

    thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family so very story for your loss, she was a great lady

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  6. I had the pleasure of spending sometime with Suzi ( as I used to call her in the day) at the Riondel year celebrations, we talked and reministed about our days in school and then life in general, then she took me outside and showed me her car, and shared with me her love of showing up guys in their rides… lots of laughs and tears.. it was a great reunion, she was a real Sweetheart!! My Heart hurts for you Doug and Tara.. my condolences

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  7. Jack and Gail Corse :

    We did not know Sue but we knew they rest of the family. We are very sorry for your loss. Doug, Tara, and Beth you have our condolences and good thoughts

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  8. Marie Brunelle :

    I want to say to my friends Tara and Doug that I am deeply affect by their lost. Sue was a very nice person, always smiling. I went to Calgary so many times and she always invited me and my dauther Geneviève (with the boys) to the restaurant or to eat some super good diners at her home. In the beeginnig, I was not verry good to have conversations in english, but after couple of years I was able to fallow the conversations. I am happy to have know her. I will never forget her smily babie face!!!! Sleep in peace dear friend Sue. Tara, Doug and Sue I will think of you on friday the 10….be strong. i send you hugs of sympathies!!!

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  9. Wendy Hawkins-Abrey :

    So thankful to have had 55+ years of friendship…. so many memories to cherish. To Doug, Tara and the Johnson-Murphy clans my heart hurts for you and with you.

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  10. Danielle Tran :

    To Doug, Tara, your kitties and families,
    My deepest condolences to you and your families. Words cannot adequately express the loss that you feel nor can they define what a truly wonderful, compassionate and kind person she was. She was a great wife, mother, foster mom and friend. I’m so fortunate to have met her and call her my friend. Although she is no longer with us, the imprint she left in our hearts and lives carry on for eternity. The world is a better place because of her.

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  11. Vicki Lalonde :

    I didn’t know Terry personally, but her good works with the Meow Foundation are well know and greatly appreciated. what a beautiful kind soul. Blessings to her spirit and her friends and family.

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  12. Lynn Anderson :

    My heartfelt condolences to Terry’s friends and family. I volunteered with Terry at the MEOW Foundation and she radiated love and joy.

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