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Jessie L. Murphy Kibler

January 16, 1935 May 18, 2018
Jessie L. Murphy Kibler
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Jessie L. Murphy, 83, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 in Marion, IL at her residence.

Born in Herrin, Illinois January 16, 1935 to Jesse and Rosetta (Pengilley) West.

After graduation from Herrin High School in 1953, she married Jack Murphy of Herrin.

Following the birth of two sons, Michael Wayne Murphy and David Lee Murphy, she enrolled in Southern Illinois University (SIU). Jessie attended nights, summers and Saturdays receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1966. She started teaching that fall at Hurst Elementary School. After one year of teaching, Jessie began work on her Master’s Degree from SIU at Carbondale. She was transferred to West Side School in Herrin where she taught at the elementary level. Again, attending nights, summers and Saturdays she completed her Master’s in Education in 1971. It was at this graduation that husband Jack received his PhD. Jessie continued her education and did all of her extra classes in gifted education. The next 20 years she was a beloved 4th grade teacher at West Side School in Herrin.

Jessie was a Baptist and she and Jack worked many years in music at the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort. On December 17, 1982, Dr. Jack Murphy unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack.

In 1987, she was selected, along with 20 other Illinois educators, to tour China for 3 weeks. They traveled from the north of China to the south of China visiting all levels of education, from kindergarten through University. They exchanged methods and materials as they visited the classrooms.

Jessie married William L. “Bill” Kibler of Marion in March 1989. She retired from teaching in May 1991. She then worked in her husband’s business office and as a volunteer for the Goddard Chapel Restoration Committee in Marion.

Jessie was a member of the Marion First Baptist Church, and former member of the First Baptist Church of Herrin. She taught Sunday School at all levels as well as worked in the music ministry at Herrin and West Frankfort Churches.

She was a life member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, and SIU Alumni Society.

Jessie heroically battled Hepatitis C contracted from a blood transfusion in 1979. She selflessly served as a research participant for years in the research effort that eventually resulted in the drug that has provided the cure. Though the experimental treatments took their toll on her body, her spirit and kind nature witness the source that was her strength, Jesus Christ.

Jessie leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Angela Murphy of Herrin, David Lee and Donna Murphy of Franklin, TN; stepson and step-daughter, Keith and Sandra Kibler of Marion; step-daughter, Kathi Kibler of Marion; grandchildren: Jesse, John David, and Nick Murphy of Franklin, TN, Gavin and his wife, Jessica Murphy of Herrin, and Natalie Murphy of Mt. Dora, FL; step-grandchildren, Chelsea (Johann) Tang of Bothell, Washington, Jonathon and his wife, Amanda Kibler of Marion, and Alex Kibler of Marion; great-granddaughter, Lily Murphy of Herrin and step-great grandchildren Lydia Kibler of Marion, Rhema and Willow Tang of Bothell, Washington.

She is also survived by a sister, Thelma Phillips of Herrin, sister-in-law Mary Beth Murphy of Marion and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Dr. Jack W. Murphy and William L. “Bill” Kibler; parents, brother J.T. West: sister Frances Dennison and a step-daughter Kandi Kibler.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Herrin with Rev. Wendell Garrison and Rev. Mark Goldman officiating. Entombment will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy.

Memorials may be made to Jessica Murphy to establish a book fund for Herrin 4th grade students; and will be accepted at the funeral home and church.

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5:00 PM 5/24/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/24/2018 8:00:00 PM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home
2704 South Park Avenue Herrin 62948 IL
United States

Funeral Services




11:00 AM 5/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Herrin

1500 South 13th Street
Herrin, IL 62948

First Baptist Church of Herrin
1500 South 13th Street Herrin 62948 IL
United States

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Egyptian Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

Route 148
Herrin, IL 62948

Route 148 Herrin 62948 IL
United States

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