Magnolia Murphy, of Niles

Published 9:16 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Magnolia Murphy, 87, of Niles, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after an extended illness.

Magnolia, who many affectionately referred to as “Sister”, was born on June 16, 1931, to the late Haskins and Lillie (Taberon) Palmer in Round Pond, Arkansas. In 1939, the family relocated to Michigan.

Magnolia Murphy

Magnolia gave her life to Jesus Christ at an early age. She served faithfully at Bethlehem Baptist Church (House of Bread), in Niles, under the leadership of Bishop Dennis R. Giden. Magnolia loved her family and her church. She was employed by St. Mary’s College until her retirement in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her parents Haskins and Lillie Palmer and siblings, Ardessie Foster, Hubert Palmer, Dick Palmer, Leola Palmer, and James Palmer.

Magnolia is survived by her children, Delores Taylor-Love, of South Bend, Bruce Smith, of Dowagiac, Enners Smith and Jeanette Smith both, of Ypsilanti, Wanda Thompson, Marilyn (George) Baker, Deborah Murphy, Donna Lemons, and Ralph Murphy, all of Niles; siblings, Sylvester “Roundtree” Palmer, of Niles, Eugene (Alberta) Palmer, of Los Angeles, Izola Reynolds and Iola Tramble, both of Elkhart; 36 grandchildren; a special niece whom she thought of as a daughter, Pricilla Palmer; and many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; cousins; extended family members and close friends.

A closed casket homegoing service will be at noon on Saturday, Dec.15, 2018, at Christian Life Center South Bend located at 1717 North Hickory Road in South Bend 46635.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Niles.