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Joanne M. Murphy

d. March 31, 2022

Joanne M. Murphy

August, 1952-31 March, 2022

Joanne M. Murphy, age 69, of Dublin, Ohio, died Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Dublin Methodist Hospital.  Beloved wife of Michael Murphy.  Joanne is the daughter of the late George McMahon and Anna Mae McMahon.  She is survived by brothers George McMahon, Daniel (Janet) McMahon, and James (Marianne) McMahon.  She is also survived by great aunt Betty Keating and mother-in-law Adell Murphy.  She is the sister-in-law of Tim Murphy, Kathleen (Brian Beyer) Nolan, and Daniel (Barbara Abrahams) Murphy.  Survived by many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Born with limited vision,  Joanne grew up on the South Side of Chicago and was a true Chicagoan, often dismissive of those with suburban backgrounds.  Despite her vision difficulties, Joanne was always interested in trying new physical activities, such as horseback riding, sailing and ice boating. She excelled at each new adventure.  

Joanne attended Catherine of Genoa Parish school from 4th- through 8th-grade (St John de la Salle before that) and then Mercy High School.  She attended Rosary College, majoring in English literature.  She attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed all but the dissertation requirements for a PhD. in English.

It was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that she met Michael Murphy: both attended daily Mass at St. Paul Catholic Center.  They were married in 1978, moving that year to Columbus, Ohio, to pursue their professional careers.  

Joanne had a 30-year career as a technical writer and documentation analyst for OCLC (On-line Computer Library Center).  Joanne was an active member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and served as president of the Columbus chapter.

She was a life promised member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) in the Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace OCDS Community.  Joanne was a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Dublin, Ohio, and a frequent attendee of St. Patrick Catholic Church (served by the Dominicans) and a participant in St. Patrick church activities.  

Joanne was also a great fan of football, especially her beloved "The Ohio State."

Joanne was an inspiration to her three brothers, as well as to all who knew her.  She was a role model of perseverance and dedication.  Despite any physical difficulties she was enduring, Joanne was always positive and uplifting.  She was equally inspirational to and loved by Mike’s family, who looked forward to phone chats and their visits to Wisconsin.

Her tremendous faith in our Lord Jesus Christ was evident everywhere in her life and interactions with everyone she met.  Joanne was always a faithful servant and shared her knowledge of scripture with others.  She inspired others on their own faith journeys.

Family will receive friends 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2022 at the TIDD FUNERAL HOME, DUBLIN-PLAIN CITY CHAPEL, 9720 SR 161, Dublin, OH 43064.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00a.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2022 at ST. BRIGID OF KILDARE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7179 Avery Road, Dublin, OH 43017 with Father Timothy Lynch and Father Stephen Alcott, O.P., con-Celebrants.  Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne's name to: Discalced Carmelite Friars, 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033, Attention: Fr. Cyril, O.C.D.

Please visit to share your favorite memories and to send your condolences to Joanne's family.           For those unable to attend the Mass, please use the following link to watch the Mass via livestream: 


(This link was updated on Monday, 4/4/22 18:00.)


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