She went out of her way to educate us all in critical thinking and to pay attention to what goes on beyond our own small worlds.
Patricia Ann Murphy Sullivan passed at home on October 4, 2020 in Los Gatos. She was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 4, 1919 to Neil Murphy (first General Manager of the Green Bay Packers) and Elsie Butler Murphy (a real estate agent and sometime opera singer).
Her beloved husband Jack of 67yrs, passed on almost 10 years to the day. They had a rich life together filled with family gatherings, traveling and entertaining international business associates and friends.
As a girl she was a running guard at Wauwatosa High School, before her family moved West to Piedmont Ca. in 1936.
She studied at UC Berkeley when WW II broke out and subsequently joined the Shell Oil Research Department as a library researcher. There, Pat was a founding member of the ‘Shell Belles’.
In a 1959 Ford Country Squire station wagon and with her sister-in-law Nora O’hare in tow, Pat drove her kids across the country which instilled in them a love of the diversity and complexity of America.
At the height of the 1960’s, Patricia at 50, earned her Bachelors in Library Sciences. As a dedicated life long reader she enjoyed her career at the Los Gatos Library for the next 20 years.
In her 101 well lived years, she volunteered at Ming Quong (a center for developmentally and emotionally challenged children), assisted in Patterning (a revolutionary hands-on therapy for the severely physically disabled) and gave her time to Loaves and Fishes, St. Mary’s and the Scouts.
At age 93 she high-tailed it to the desert for the arts festival Burning Man accompanied by her longtime library and bridge playing pal, Jean Krcik.
Her sister Kay Reilley, at 99 is sharp as a tack and resides in sunny Los Angeles.
Her children-Nancy (Michael Apicelli) of San Francisco, John (Kina) of San Francisco, Jim (Jackie Marr) of Santa Cruz, Margi (Bill VanDyk) of Pt. Richmond), Terry of Santa Cruz and Jane of Sausalito will continue to celebrate her.
Grandkids—Meghan, Caitlin, Daniel, Jamie, Colette, Jake, Cody and Jamison.
Great grandkids—Ethan, Aldon, Quinn and Harper.
She was predeceased by her brothers Fr. John, Neil and sister Joanne.
She was well loved.
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