June 20, 1924-Feb. 28, 2019
On February 28, 2019, Elizabeth J. ("Betty") Murphy left this life after a period of illness. Born on June 20, 1924, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Morris and Helen Flude, she and her family relocated to Southern California in 1933, where Betty lived nearly 85 years, working in many capacities including two family businesses and as a private bookkeeper for 30 years to prominent lawyers, investors, and even a noted Hollywood producer. Betty could sustain focus and produce meticulous work in areas of tax, business finance, and private life accounting — her clients could scarcely do without her. Betty was fascinated with climate and weather phenomena, and appreciated music and beauty in all forms. Everyone recalls Betty as beautiful, quick witted and humorous, engaging, gracious, energetic, and classy.
Donald E. Murphy, born and raised in Butte, MT, married Betty on August 4, 1990, and the couple resided in Torrance, CA, sharing interests in literature, movies, and travel with many trips within the United States and Europe. In semi-retirement Betty volunteered to manage a hospital gift shop in Torrance for 30 years, raising substantial charitable funds for nursing school education and similar purposes.
Preceded in death by her mother, Helen B. Flude, and her brother, John Richard Flude.
Betty is survived by husband Donald, Donald’s sister, Jule Walsh of Butte, MT, Donald’s daughter Margaret Mottolo of Boston, MA, Betty's sister Marjorie A. Jones of Phoenix, AZ, and many nephews, nieces, their spouses and families. Memorial services on March 3, 2019, in Torrance, drew friends and family attending to celebrate Betty’s life, and to share many fond memories and her enduring meaningfulness in their lives.