Christine  Murphy Christine Murphy

Christine Elizabeth Murphy (1964-2016) died on December 22nd following a painful, difficult journey due to Multiple Sclerosis. Before MS took her ability to walk, she loved hiking, camping, skiing, rollerblading, and playing tennis. Christine was an organizer. This spring she planned a backyard planting party. She selected and ordered the plants, decided their placement, and then invited friends and family to do the work. Always an adventurer, she loved a trip, whether to China, Italy or the Ozarks. Mostly, Christine had a way with words. Despite the disease, Christine continued to have a wide range of interests. She found beauty in nature, and recently devoted much enthusiasm to a newfound hobby: iPhone photography. She kept in touch with friends and family by Facebook and phone. Her most enjoyable activity became aquatic therapy with Scott and Sarah. She was a devoted rescuer of dogs over the years, with Tazo and Gypsy Jones, her current loves. Christine graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia and Colgate University with a B.A. in English and Economics. She worked as a paralegal in Atlanta and St. Louis. In 1995, she earned a doctorate in jurisprudence from St. Louis Law School. She then practiced law in St. Louis. She was particularly proud of her work as an attorney with the the AmeriCorps Vista program advocating for victims of domestic violence and preparing documents for aides patients. In 2008, she was facilitator of the year at the Self Help Center where she led a social anxiety group.
Christine is preceded in death by her father, Robert Murphy, who also died of MS complications at age 52, and her step-father, James Barousse. She is survived by her mother, Judy Barousse, of Pensacola Beach, Florida and her brother, Michael Murphy, his wife Karen, niece, Delaney and nephew, Sean, of Marietta, GA, her ever attentive aunt, Barbara Stabile of Bethlehem, PA, and her much loved cousins.

On March 25th at one o'clock, a Memorial Service will be held in the Old Chapel of the Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. Following the service, Christine will be laid to rest in the Kuss family memorial plot at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown.

A reception will follow at the home of her aunt, Barbara Stabile. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate to the Humane Society.

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