CLARICE ANN (SHIMER) MURPHY September 8, 1928-November 27, 2013 Clarice Murphy of Gardena went to her eternal reward at the age of 85 due to heart failure brought on by complications of Parkinson's Disease. She was surrounded at the time by her loving husband (B. Patrick Murphy) of 64 years, her 14 children and their spouses, most of her grandchildren, her older brother, and several close friends. The amount of love and faith that enveloped her was extraordinary. Clarice Ann (Shimer) Murphy was born in Los Angeles and was the 3rd of 7 children of Joseph and Elsie Shimer. She graduated from Bishop Conaty High School in 1946. In 1949 she married Pat whom she met at the St. Michael's Young People's Club at Manchester and Vermont. They raised all 14 of their children in Gardena, and were active members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where all of their children attended elementary school. Clarice was passionate about God and family. She was a fun-loving lady who always kept herself in good shape. She and her husband loved to dance. Even at age 70 she was known to do cartwheels and play basketball with her grandchildren. "Mom Murphy" as she was known to all always made everyone feel loved and welcome in her home. She and Pat were blessed with many wonderful friends. Clarice was inspired by the Blessed Mother, on whose Birth Day she was born, and encouraged everyone around her to treat each other as Jesus would. Her legacy of love is carried on by her 14 children: Mary, Elaine, Tony, Terrie, Pat, Mike, Loretta, Tim, Martha, Sheila, Karen, Annie, Paul and Danny, her 40 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, December 5 at Lighthouse Mortuary (1016 W. 164th St. in Gardena) at 7pm. A Mass in celebration of her life will be held on Friday, December 6 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (1050 W. 163rd St., Gardena) at 4pm with a reception to follow in the Church Hall. Interment will be Saturday, June 7 at Holy Cross Cemetery (5835 W. Slauson Ave. Culver City) at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to your favorite charity or St. Anthony's School.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Murphy family. Wishing you strength in this difficult time. The Pierce family.

  2. I remember going to the Murphy’s house in the 70’s & Mrs. Murphy was always very nice to me! I was in Tim’s class at St. Anthony’s, I send my Prayers & Condolences to the Murphy Family!

  3. Karen and family, My prayers are with you and your whole family. Although I never formally met your mom. Knowing you gives me a glimpse of how blessed you are that you had a saintly & giving mother. Celebrating her life is most appropriate. Knowing that she is now with her Father in Heaven should give you much comfort. God bless, Noreen Garin Helvie

  4. As a child, one of THE most amazing sites I had ever seen, was while siting in the choir loft watching the Murphy’s bring in 10 of their children to church, the youngest, a baby in her arms with toddlers and little people following. I was taken back as I waited for the screaming, crying and constant exits by at least one of the parents. Well, that NEVER happened. From the moment the happy, smiling family came in, till they all left church, every single one of them had smiles on their faces and there was no screaming, crying or whining. It was simply amazing to me, even today, decades later when I witness two parents who are unable to handle 1 or two children at mass. Later that morning, I watched from my car as they all walked what I recall as a line, heading to their home which must have been near Gardena Blvd. That stayed with me for many years. I may have mentioned it to Mary when I met her in high school and then later in college when she dated a friend of mine. Then may have even brought it up to the twins when I ran into them at a young adult conference in the 80’s. Of course they didn’t know me, but we all knew the Murphy’s and we recognized the amazing parenting going on right in front of us. I never did see any one getting a “just wait till we get home” look! lol Most of us DID get “that” look from our parents! I just don’t recall ever seeing any of the Murphy children looking uncomfortable, unhappy or saw any of them making a major problem. I admired Mr. and Mrs. Murphy for their amazing parenting which appeared to be warm, loving , kind, gentle and very comforting. I would never say anything is perfect, but, this type of parenting is so rare. I have only seen it one other time with a friend’s wife and their 12 children. However, with Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, it seemed they both were in complete harmony on rearing children. I’m seeing this 5 years after the fact as I was doing a family research when this popped up. So happy to hear Mrs. Murphy was so much loved and appreciated by so many. Many prayers and blessing to Mrs. Murphy and her beautiful family.

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