Jane Mae Lacy was born on July 15, 1935, the second of twins to Willie McHenry Lacy and Alice Lorainne Carrington Lacy in Monroe, Louisiana.
Jane along with her siblings completed their elementary and high school studies in McCloud. She loved school, was a good student and made many friends with whom she maintained lifelong friendships. Jane later married Wilbert (Red), the love of her life. It was during this union that she not only gained a new last name Murphy, but she also made a slight change to her first name amending it from Jane to Janie. Their union produced four children Valerie Jo (Murphy) Bordeaux (Jacques), Brian Alan Murphy (Nina), Michael James Murphy, and Carla Ann Murphy. She was also stepmother to Wilbert John Murphy Jr. (Gwen) and the late Bruce Eugene Murphy.
As described in Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem, Janie was a “phenomenal woman”. She was an extraordinary mother who encouraged and supported her children in their spiritual growth and in their every endeavor - academics, dance, music, cooking, sports and especially travel. Janie had many notable life, volunteer and employment experiences which included teacher assistant, special education driver; and customer service representative and bank teller at Wells Fargo Bank where she retired after 25 years of service in 1997.
Active in her community, Janie was an officer in the local Women’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary; member of the Garden Club, pitcher for the McCloud Women’s Softball team, an election volunteer, and a founding organizer of the McCloud Community Healthcare Clinic. She also served two years on the Siskiyou County Grand Jury. One of her proudest moments was the year she and her husband Red served as Grand Marshals for the McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta Parade.
Janie was a woman of faith, growing up at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in McCloud where she taught youth and adult Sunday School, sang in the choir and served as a Steward and Officer of the Church. Janie became a member of Friendship Baptist Church in 2011 and was a member of the Inspirational Voices Choir.
A celebration of Janie Murphy’s life will be held on Sunday, July 31st at 1:30 pm at McCloud First Baptist Church, 121 Water St. McCloud, Ca. 96057. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in the name of Janie Murphy be made to the McCloud Healthcare Clinic.
Posted online on July 12, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald