Oldest Casey citizen celebrates 110th birthday

May 30, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Lucy Murphy, the oldest person in Casey County, celebrated her 110th birthday Thursday.

Mrs. Murphy was not honored with a large celebration this year as she had been in the past because of her health, however, she did have a cake with friends at Liberty Care Center, where she has resided the past year. She had been living with her daughter, Helen McDonald on Memory Lane.

She received a plaque from the Casey County School Alumni Association for being the oldest living person to attend Casey County schools. Her daughter, Helen McDonald, accepted the plaque at a recent luncheon.

Mrs. Murphy also got a letter from Williard Scott, who does birthday wishes on the NBC television Today Show.

"She does pretty well, but not as well as she was a couple of years ago," said Mrs. McDonald.

During an interview on her 104th birthday, Mrs. Murphy said she liked to learn something new each day. She also talked then about her wedding in 1913.


After the ceremony, her parents hosted a wedding supper for their daughter and new husband, George Welsey Murphy.

"We married in the parlor of my mother's house. Several friends stayed for supper." Then the noise started. "About midnight we heard a gunfire. I was real scared." That was the beginning of the shivaree. "We had a good time."

In the years that followed, the Murphys had 11 children - Myrtle, Sherwood, Edwin, Mattie, Sherman, Kenneth, Fred, James, Helen, Caude, Irene. Only four of the children, Sherman of Louisville, Edwin of Liberty, Myrtle Harmon of Danville and Mrs. McDonald, are still living.

Kenneth was killed in action in the Korean War. In memory of her son, Mrs. Murphy is a Gold Star Mother, and seldom misses a Memorial Day service where she is always recognized. Five of the Murphy sons served in the military.

There are six generations of the Murphys including 28 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren living in Casey County and surrounding area.

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