Elizabeth Ford Murphy was born to the late, Willis and Betty Ford, on October 2, 1922 in Fairmont, North Carolina. She entered eternal rest on March 19, 2018 at Pinehurst Rehabilitation in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In April 1945, she was joined in holy matrimony to the late Prince T. Murphy who preceded her in death. From this union came three children, Howard Lee Murphy and Patricia A. Monroe who both preceded her in death and one living daughter, Pastor Cora Mae Murphy.
Known as “Nana” to her grandchildren, she loved to grow flowers, she was famous for her sweet tea and could cook a full course meal in 45 minutes! Mother Murphy has served in other ministries faithfully until the Lord sent her to Fresh Start Discipleship Center where she was appointed as church mother, a big supporter to the work of the ministry, she contribute in many ways to see the remodeling of Fresh Start Discipleship Center which was Christ Memorial years ago and she continue to serve faithfully until her health failed her. Mother Murphy was known to visit the sick, cook food or give an encouraging word to everyone she met. We can say she was a true Mother in Zion and a servant in the Kingdom of God.
She leaves to celebrate her life: her daughter, Pastor Cora Mae Murphy of Pinehurst, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Sheila Kimbrough (Benjamin), John D. McRae Jr., Maurice McRae (Liz) all of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Vincent Grace, Eurika Murphy both of Raeford, North Carolina, Tammilia Grace of Red Springs, North Carolina, Jeffery Lee Murphy of Morristown, TN, Kenneth A. Monroe (Denise), and Catherine Shields (Brian) both of Chesapeake, VA; two special god-granddaughters, Kathy McRae-Culbreth (Antonio) of Red Springs, North Carolina and Roslyn Ketter (Leroy) of Benson, North Carolina; and a dear friend, Mrs. Doris Monroe; ten great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; others joining the life celebration includes a host of nieces and nephews from Baltimore, Maryland and North Carolina, and many other relatives and friends.