Mary Marlene Murphy Gorsh went to heaven on Dec. 19, 2020, from complications of heart failure.
Mary was born Nov. 29, 1936, to Joseph and Gladys (Haney) Murphy, in Iowa City, Iowa, where she lived most of her life. She married Arthur R. Gorsh on Aug. 6, 1983, in Oxford, Iowa. Mary worked for Hometown Dairy for 32 years, retiring in 1998.
Mary had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of Sweet Adelines for many years. She also enjoyed doing crochet, cross stitching, playing the piano, reading and spending time with family and friends. And, of course, their beloved dog, Lady Ginger.
Mary is survived by five stepdaughters, Sue Beaton of Omaha, Neb., Kay Maxa of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ann Schulte of Kansas City, Mo., Sandy (John) Nissley of Greenville, S.C., and Cindy (Dave) Downes of North Liberty, Iowa; two stepsons, Dan (Linda) Gorsh of Oxford, Iowa, and John (Dixie) Gorsh of Oxford, Iowa; brothers, George (Corinne) Murphy of Hills, Iowa, Michael (Carolyn) Murphy of Iowa City, Iowa, and Dennis Murphy of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one sister-in-law, Martha Murphy of Las Vegas, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mary also had 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; three sisters, Patsy Albright, Shirley Polzien and Janet Murphy; brother, Richard Murphy; two nieces, three nephews, two stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Mary's celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City, following a private family visitation. Burial will be at Oxford Cemetery. The services will be livestreamed for friends and extended family. Please share your support and memories with Mary's family and find a link to the livestream details on her livestream link at www.gayandciha.com under obituaries. In lieu of flowers, memorial fund established in her memory. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.