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Vivian M. Murphy

December 7, 1924 — January 13, 2021

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Vivian Marion Murphy was born December 7, 1924, in Kulm, ND, to Walter and Rose (Witkowski) Fercho. She moved to Belfield, ND, and graduated from high school in 1942.

After high school, Vivian ventured out to Spokane, WA, with one of her friends for few years to see what life was like out west. In 1948, she moved to Beach, ND, and married the love of her life Ted Murphy. Together they had three children: Patty, Kathy and Tom. Vivian loved them with all of her heart and was so proud of their accomplishments. In 2012, she moved to Villa Maria in Fargo, ND, and thoroughly enjoyed the care the staff provided and the companionship of the other residents, especially her daily card games.

Vivian was always a hard worker and loved to socialize. Being a waitress in Beach was her calling. She welcomed people into many of the local restaurants and served them with pride. After retirement, Vivian continued living her best life. She enjoyed traveling, daily coffee with her friends, bingo, playing cards and casino trips. Vivian was a lucky lady when she was playing, but also in other aspects of her life. She felt lucky to have a family that took time for her. Vivian's smile lit up the room when she received visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vivian knew she was blessed and her family always felt her love through her big hugs!

Vivian died Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Villa Maria in Fargo at 96 years of age.

She is survived by her children, Patty Murphy, Kathy Redfield, and Tom Murphy; seven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Rose Fercho; husband, Ted Murphy; brother, Russell Fercho; and son-in-law, Peder Redfield.

Memorials may be directed to the Villa Maria Activities Account.

A Funeral Service for Vivian will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 16, 2021, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead, MN, with a visitation one hour prior to her service.

Burial will take place in Beach Lutheran Cemetery, Beach.

In accordance with CDC and local guidelines, social distancing and masks will be required for attendance. Vivian's Funeral Service will also be live-streamed and the links can be found on her obituary page on the Korsmo Funeral Service website.

(Korsmo Funeral and Cremation Service, Moorhead, MN)


JAN 16. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Funeral Service

JAN 16. 11:00 AM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

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