Margie Warner was born in 1898 to Anderson and Dinah in Shelbyville, Tennessee. She met and married Clarence Murphy, who was born in 1893. They were married approximately 1913. To this union, 16 children were born and two miscarriages. Five boys: Greer, Grady, Dories, Clarence Jr and baby boy that died shortly after birth. Eleven girls: Lue Jean, Jcile, Argie Ana, Robbie Lee, Jimmie T., Willa Mae, Gertrude, Mary Sue, Sarah, Ellie Pearl and Virginia.
Momee, as she was called by her grandchildren, moved to Los Angeles, California around July 1944, assisted by her daughter Willa Mae. Gertrude, her husband (James), her daughter Brendal, Ellie Pearl, Sarah and Virginia accompanied her. Grandfather (affectionately called 'Papa') joined the family later. Their place of residence was 1148 E. 48th Street in Los Angeles, CA.
Papa was a preacher. His occupation was construction work. Papa sang at different churches and met his wife (our grandmother) during one of his singing engagements. Papa and Momee and the family joined the Church of God in 1932 and later joined the Church of God In Christ. Papa was a strict disciplinarian but he also liked to play and have fun with his children. Papa went home to be with the Lord in 1948.
Momee was employed by May Co. She was a good housekeeper and responsible mother. Momee attended the Church of God Sanctified, in Rover, Tennessee and later attended C.G. Bright Temple Church of God in Christ in Decker, Tennessee. She served as Church Mother in Tennessee and later in California. Momee loved the Word of God. Her favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:6: 'In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy path'. She was also a musician and played the piano in various churches.
Momee was diabetic; however it was not the cause of her death. She went home to be with the Lord in 1951.
Excerpts from The Murphy Family History, by Mary Jane Heard; contact Mary (email@example.com) to purchase the complete booklet.