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Judith Ann Rissel

May 15, 2020

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Judith Ann Rissel of Hatboro, PA died May 15, 2020 with her family near and sounds of the ocean calling. She was 77 and lived every day fully.

Judith was the devoted wife of the late John J. Murphy, Jr, to whom she was married for 20 years. Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the loyal daughter of the late Herbert E. Rissel and Annabel Coleman.

Judith attended S. Horace Scott Sr. High School. She was a former office manager at Reynolds Metals and served briefly in the US Army. She was an enthusiastic member of Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church for 25 years. She was an avid crafter, belly-dancer, singer, cake decorator and foodie. She loved all animals, especially her feathered friends.

Judith cherished her family. She is survived by daughter Melissa A. Murphy of San Diego, CA; three step-children; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brother Herbert C. Rissel of Fenton, MI; two nephews; one niece; and pet macaw Chocko who says “Hello-lo-lo.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Judith’s name may be made to The Gift of Life Donor Program or American Cancer Society. 

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Private Services


American Cancer Society, 1818 Market St., Ste. 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
1818 Market Street, Suite 2820, Philadelphia PA 19103

Gift of Life Donor Program
401 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA 19123
Tel: 1-215-557-8090

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