Jody Lynn Murphy

Born Jody Lynn Smith on November 14, 1954 in Denver, Colorado.  Her parents were Howell Hudson (Bo) Smith and Beverly Lois Smith (Harris).  Jody passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020. Surviving is her husband of 23 years Robert “Bob” Murphy, Jody’s two sons, Dennis Newman (Sue), and James “Jim” Newman, and four very precious grandchildren – Natalie, David, Lauren, and Jackson “Jack”.  Additionally, surviving are one brother Charles “Chip” Smith (Karen) and their children Charles “Chippers”, Mary Alyssa, and a deceased daughter Rebecca Smith; and Jody’s half-sister, Rhonda (Chuck) Gadway. Jody has a deceased sister Jill (John) Garcia and their daughters are Jessica and Sarah.  Also, there are other treasured aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews from both Jody and Bob’s families, and precious friends – both living and deceased.

For a time, Jody lived in Sault Ste. Marie and worked in the Library at Lake Superior State University, before moving to Lansing where she first worked at Breslin Cancer Center.  Jody then took a job at the state headquarters of the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists where she has worked for more than 27 years.

A memorial service is being planned.  Details will become available at

Memorial contributions may be made to Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5400 W. St. Joseph Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, or the family request that gifts be made to the Mayo Clinic in the area of Bioartificial Liver Research (under “tribute information” please indicate the gift is in memory of Jody Lynn Murphy). Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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Ruth Bradfield
November 20, 2020 at 6:11 pm

Bob, thinking of you and praying that our God will give you peace at this time of great sorrow.

Also, praying for all the family.

Elmer and Dorothy Johnson
November 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Bob we are so sorry for your loss. Will keep you and family in our prayers.

Bob's Brother Bill and Sister-in-Law Linda
November 23, 2020 at 12:23 am

Jody was the love of my brother’s life, his closest companion and best supporter. During her difficult transition and afterwards she and Bob have received numerous expressions of love, concern, and help from relatives, neighbors, and friends in their faith community. These reflect Jody’s beautiful qualities and that of the bond they shared. We know that Bob very much appreciates these expressions now and they will help sustain him until Jody and he are reunited in the next life.


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