Marcia ‘Gale’ Murphy

Marcia “Gale” Murphy, 74, of Parsons passed away at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society.  

She was born on Aug. 14, 1946, in Parsons to Merlin Wayne and Agnes Irene (Hazlett) Myers. She grew up in Parsons and attended Labette County Community High School. Following high school, she attended Labette County Junior College.

Gale worked at the Good Samaritan Society in housekeeping in earlier years. She later worked at Church of God as the church secretary and also was in charge of the children’s church ministries. She helped with the vacation Bible school and enjoyed playing a clown to entertain the children.

She enjoyed playing bingo and watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Little House on the Prairie.” Gale loved her cats and volunteered at the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter in Parsons.

In earlier years, she was a member of Church of God and most recently was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

She and Denny Lee Dietsche were married on Oct. 3, 1964, and later divorced. She and Billy Eugene Murphy were married on Aug. 5, 2000, and they also divorced.  

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Dietsche of Parsons; three grandchildren, Michael Bode and his wife, Hillary, Joshua Bode and Heather Bode, all of Parsons; a brother, Steven Johnston of Parsons; two sisters, Diane Johnston of Sarcoxie, Missouri, and Linda McReynolds and her husband, Pat, of Parsons; and a son-in-law, John Bode.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dale Myers; a sister, Judy Paulson; and a daughter, Charlene Bode, on July 25, 2020.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page.

Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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