Jim & Becky Murphy Tribute

Wow, not even sure how to begin writing this entry. As we’ve all said a dozen times this last weekend, there are no words to describe the events that unfolded before us all. With the loss of Jean’s big dad and mom just a couple hours apart from each other on February 28, their memories will stay with us forever. I’ll let Jean’s, Nathan’s, Brandon’s and Alyson’s words from their social posts say the rest.

Yesterday was the worst day for our family. Over the last 5 days, we have been at my mom and big-dad’s house with him on hospice, living out his last days after an 8 1/2 mo battle with leukemia (AML). We were able to honor his wishes and keep him at home with the help of an amazing hospice team, and all of our family. While we were taking care of him, our mom suddenly went into cardiac arrest yesterday and she passed away suddenly around 1:30. And at 4:00, my dad took his final, very peaceful breath- surrounded by all his kids. We are in total shock and haven’t even began to process any of this. They are together- neither wanted to be here without each other. I’m just at a loss of words….. our hearts are so heavy….. please keep us all in your prayers… I just can’t wrap my brain around the fact that they are both gone….. Hug your family close. ~ Jean

Been a tough freakin week. Still just in total shock. Can’t believe we lost you both in the same day. You fought long and hard and she just couldn’t handle life without ya. I will forever be grateful for all the memories and getting to spend the night with my Zama and Zampa one last time Glad I was able to help take care of you both at the end after you helped take care of me for so long. You showed me what it means to be a man and even though you might now have been the father to all your kids, you were the best dad and I can only hope to someday be half the man you were for your kids and wife. Rest easy, together you two. Love you Zama and Zampa. ~ Nathan

I have no words. I enjoyed my time with you more than you could ever know. It’s never going to make sense to me why you both had to go, but I know you are both happy to be together. Zampa, seeing you fight these last 8 1/2 months has been so tough, but you always have been one of the strongest people I have ever known. Zama, going to your house and hanging out just you and me while you babysat me are some of the best memories I’ve had with you. I’m going to miss you guys both so much, thank you for everything you did for me. I love you both so much. ~ Brandon

My whole life, I have been blessed enough to have 6 wonderful grandparents. Yesterday I lost 2. I’ve spent all of my free time this past week visiting these two as Zampa battled leukemia. Though we were all trying our hardest to be prepared, that does not make losing family any easier. What none of us were prepared for was losing my Zama as well. I’m no stranger to the unfairness of life but that does not make it easier. My heart aches, but I have some peace knowing neither of them had to live without the other. Thank you both for never letting me say goodbye without a hug and an “I love you.” Those will all be cherished forever. I love you guys. ~ Alyson

Here’s a video tribute celebrating their lives.

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