Joan Murphy

Joan P. Murphy, 86, of Clarion passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at her home.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion with Pastor Bill Kem officiating.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Saturday.

Joan Phyllis, daughter of Robert and Mattie (Dunning) Daggett, was born on October 17, 1935 in Estherville. Joan attended school in Clarion and graduated from Clarion High School in 1953. After high school, Joan worked at the local telephone office.

On November 11, 1958, Joan was united in marriage to Gerald Murphy at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Clarion where they raised their five children. Joan enjoyed being a farmer’s wife and was always helping Jerry on the farm with the livestock, running for machine parts, or taking meals out to the field. After their kids were older, Joan worked at Conlon’s Bakery. She also did daycare and later worked at Life Touch.

Joan enjoyed various craft projects, crocheting, reading, and watching the Hallmark Channel. Family and her beloved cat, Pepper, were most important to Joan. Spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a joy.

Joan is survived by her children Diana (Steve) Hennigar of Clarion, Michele (Brian) Leininger of Lenexa, Kansas, Linda (Cliff) Coon of Humboldt, and Bob (Elizabeth) Murphy of Clarion; grandchildren Mark (Steph) Hennigar, Kristyn Hennigar, Alex Leininger, Andy Leininger, Graciela Leininger, Karlez Coon, Bailey (Israel) Lopez-Vicario, Devon Coon, Jorden Coon, Lance Coon, Lauren Murphy, Michael Murphy, and Ryan Murphy; great-grandchildren Reese, Callen, Victoria, Nico, and Mateo; and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jerry Murphy; son Mike Murphy; and daughter-in-law Donna Murphy.

Ewing Funeral Home

1801 Central Avenue East

Clarion, Iowa 50525




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