Betty Jean's Story
Betty Jean Smith Murphy, 86 of St Cloud, Fla. passed away in her home on the evening of February 8th, surrounded by her family.
She was born August 13, 1931 in Lex, WV, the daughter of Noah Smith and Naomah Smith of Iaeger, West Virginia and later of St Cloud.
She was a graduate of Iaeger High School class of 1949. She furthered her education in Securities and Horticulture at Valencia College.
In addition to her parents, brother Wayne Smith and sister Irene Dale, she was preceded in death by her husband Jack Murphy of St Cloud, FL/Iaeger, WV.
Survivors include two sons: William Joseph Murphy of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Robert Wayne Murphy of the home; also granddaughters, Amy Murphy Anderson (Phillip) and Alicia Murphy of Las Vegas, NV; grandson Logan Murphy of Winter Garden, FL; Great grandson Zachary Anderson of Las Vegas, NV.
Betty was a retired agent for Mutual of Omaha and United of Omaha where she was a 25 year member of the Chairman's Council and consistently a top producing agent. She was also active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years actively traveling and producing costumes for the Order of the Arrow.
Betty successfully opened a retail clothing chain, Orange Tree Fashions. She relished growing and cultivating orchids, cross breeding many new varieties and hybrids over the years.
Betty was a Christian and professed a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ prior to her passing. She touch many lives with her spunk, tenacity and zest for life.
Her family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice.
Funeral services will be conducted at Fisk Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 7th with visitation from 11:00 AM until 1:00 Services to follow; Pastor Mike Rose of Iaeger, WV officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Peace Cemetery, Saint Cloud, FL.
Fisk Funeral Home, Saint Cloud, FL is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on March 3, 2018