Mary Louise Murphy was born Feb 12 1959, in Moorhead, MN. Mary was child #8 of 10 children born to Louis and Mary Gruchalla. Mary passed away Jan 12, 2020. She was surrounded by friends and family. Mary is now in the care of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and best friend.
Mary grew up in Moorhead, MN. She attended St. Francis, Moorhead High School, and Moorhead Tech. She and her friends Jolene and Sharon were candy stripers at St. Ansgar’s Hospital.
Mary met Jerry Murphy in Billings, MT. They were married August 7, 1993.
Mary was a survivor. She survived a near fatal auto accident in 1993, and battled cancer for 27 months.
Mary loved to travel. She also enjoyed gardening and being outdoors every summer. Mary was an amazing cook, which she also loved. She loved sports, and was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. She loved NASCAR, rodeos and country music.
Mary was employed at Billings County Market, she worked for the State of Montana Child Support office as an Investigator, and also spent time working at the Office of Public Assistance until she retired in 2017.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mary Gruchalla. She is survived by her husband Jerry, brothers Fred, Richard (Carrin), Gordy (Sue), Charlie, Mike (Pam), Paul, Joel (Donna), and Kurt (Lavonne) Gruchalla and her favorite sister Virginia, her son Eric and daughter Tanya, stepdaughters Bridget (Kelly), Tamara (Bill), Cindy (Travis) and Tricia, her aunt Alice, her 15 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the Billings Clinic Hospital and Riverstone Health Hospice for the care they provided.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, Riverstone Health Hospice, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, or charity of your choice. Funeral will be held Friday Jan. 31, 2020 at 11:00 am; funeral services and reception will be at St Bernard’s Church, 226 Wicks Lane, Billings MT 59105.