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January 1, 1931 ~ March 22, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Today, we gather to celebrate the beautiful life of Josephine Murphy, Josephine Murphy, affectionately known as "Jo", Mama Jo" and "Grammy Jo" by family and friends, was born on January 1,1931 in Dallas, Texas. She was one of seven children born to Johnnie and Frankie Jackson. She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She received her formal education in Dallas, where she attended Booker T. Washington High School. 

In 1950, Josephine married Willmon Murphy. In 1952 they moved to San Diego, California. As a wife, she was a devoted partner, sharing a deep and enduring love with her spouse that was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. As husband and wife, they were the most elegant couple in the world. Josephine was an elegant lady who dressed in the finest garments and carried herself as a Royal Queen. They traveled the world together - taking trips by air and cruises. They knew how to enjoy life to the fullest. No children were born to this union. They were married for 56 years until Willmon's death in 2007. 

Even after the devastating passing of her husband, Josephine always kept God as the head of her life, and she was able to continue her life for 17 additional years. During her 17 years as a widow, she maintained her household with pride. She was a very smart woman with great wisdom that she shared with all. 

In her professional life, Josephine was a dedicated and hardworking individual. She approached her work with enthusiasm and commitment. She worked for Illinois Tool Works (ITW) for 10 years and General Dynamics for 10 years in the electronic field. Her dedication to excellence and her willingness to go above and beyond were qualities that set her apart. 

Josephine deeply cherished and openly expressed her love for God-Son Edward Griffith, God-Daughter Fernetta Gresham, Niece Glenda Murphy, and other great neighbors and friends. As a Godmother, Josephine's love knew no bounds. She poured her heart and soul into teaching the values of kindness, integrity, and perseverance. Though she loved her God given children, niece and family, she was a woman who knew what she wanted in life and demanded respect. Yes, both Fernetta and Edward remember getting scolded many times because they tried to do things for her their way. 

She was a true boss to all and lived up to Frank Sinatra's statement "I Did It My Way". Her favorite quotes were: You Will Do It My Way, I'm the Best Person I Know and Every Day is My Birthday. 

Josephine was an elegant lady who dressed in the finest garments and carried herself as a Royal Queen. Josephine had a zest for life that was infectious. She was a beacon of kindness and grace and made a profound impact on those around her and to those she met. Her warm smile and gentle spirit touched the lives of all who knew her. She had a way of making everyone feel valued and loved, and her compassion knew no bounds. Whether it was through her acts of kindness, her words of encouragement, or simply her presence, she was the most giving person anyone could have ever met. If you ever visited her home, you would probably leave with an item from QVC. QVC was her best friend. Better yet, she earned the title "The QVC Queen." 

On Friday, March 22, 2024, at the age of 93, Josephine Murphy was touched by angels and passed away peacefully in her sleep. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie, and Frankie Jackson, Four brothers: George Edson, Johnnie Jackson, Willie Jackson, and Jewel Jackson, two sisters: Lillie Mae Moore and Georgia L. Jackson.



I shall go some sweet day
And from earth shall pass away
And my soul shall reach a better land
And my soul shall be free
And the Host shall reveal
And the King Eternal shall understand.



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Memorial Service
April 12, 2024

1:00 PM
Anderson~Ragsdale Chapel
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

Inurnment Service
April 15, 2024

9:30 AM
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


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