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Joyce Ann Murphy

July 27, 1953 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Joyce Murphy Obituary

Joyce Ann Murphy, 70, of Taylor Ridge, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 31, 2024, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Edgewood Baptist Church. 

Born July 27,1953 in Rock Island, IL, to Phillip and Dorothy (Pfaff) Alongi, Joyce married Jim Somes in 1973, and raised her 3 children. She met Jesus as a young woman and lived her life as His follower. On July 3, 1999, she married Gary Murphy, her best friend and love of her life. Over almost 25 years together they shared many interests, including traveling, riding motorcycles, studying Scripture and most of all, ‘being there’ for family and friends.

Joyce left a legacy of caring and compassion. She modeled sacrificial love, and prioritized investing in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She was a blessing to many. She spent years as a nurturing caretaker for her aging parents. Gifted as a musician with a beautiful voice, Joyce was a worshipper, playing both piano and guitar, and singing solos in church. Music was her passion. Professionally, Joyce barbered in the QC for many years.

Those cherishing Joyce’s memory include her husband, Gary Murphy; children, Liz Somes, Kevin (Sytil) Murphy, Kent (Ashley) Murphy, Adrianne Maginn, Katie (RJ) LaBonde, and Gabe (Sue) Somes; many grandchildren; siblings, Janet Alongi, Martha Victor, Phyllis (Bill) Schnell, and Ted (Suzanne) Alongi, Brian (Christine) Murphy; several nieces and nephews; and canine companion, Roo.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karlie Murphy; brother, Craig Alongi; and brother in law, Wayne Victor.

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February 6, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home (Milan)
201 4th Ave
Milan, IL 61264

Funeral Service
February 7, 2024

10:00 AM
Edgewood Baptist Church (Rock Island)


Reynolds Cemetery
Cemetary Street
Reynolds, IL 61279