Clara Sue Farmer Murphy (Sue) passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, August 5,
2020 in Northville, Michigan. Sue was born on the kitchen table of her parents’ farmhouse in Clarence,
Missouri on March 9, 1936. She had two older sisters, Nadean and Pat, an older brother Bob and a
younger brother, Chuck. She attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade and
graduated from Clarence High School in 1954. She met her husband, David Lee Murphy, during high
school and was swept off her feet by her handsome husband-to-be who was six years her senior. They
married in December, 1954.
Sue and Dave had three daughters. Their oldest daughter Cynthanie (Cindy) was born while Dave was in
the Central Intelligence Corps for the Army in Maryland. After Dave’s service was complete, they made
their home in the Detroit area when Dave was offered a job at Ford Motor Company. Linda and Susan
were born in Michigan.
Sue worked part time as a secretary for Warner Swasey for 15 years. She was also a very active
member of Memorial Church of Christ and volunteered in a myriad of ministries including teaching Bible
School, cooking for Wednesday night Bible studies, serving as a youth group sponsor and many others.
Hobbies included sewing, crocheting, knitting, crafts, reading, cooking and playing bridge.
Everyone loved to be around Sue. She had a fun-loving, vivacious personality and her wit and humor lit
up a room. She was kind, generous, optimistic and encouraging and will be greatly missed by her family
She was predeceased by David in 2005, her parents (Willard and Alice Farmer) , her sister Pat Jarboe and
brother Chuck Farmer. Sue leaves behind her three daughters: Cindy (Dennis) Zeni, Linda (Terry)
Crawford and Susan (Dave Georger) Murphy. Granny was adored by her eleven grandchildren: Mario,
Denny, Tina (Josh Duncan) Zeni; Tracey (Dave Currier), Jeff, Caitlyn (Andrew Palazzo), Krista (Caleb
Palmieri), Susie, Scott Crawford; Murphy and Dave Georger. Granny Great also leaves six great
grandchildren: Chace and Felicity Currier, Malachi and Emery Palmieri, Zealyn Crawford and Kennedy
Duncan. She is survived by her sister Nadean Wood, her brother Bob Farmer, numerous nieces and
nephews and many friends.
A private family service will be held honoring the life and legacy of Sue. In her honor, hats will be worn
by all family members…Sue loved wearing hats!!
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