Sharon Nolan Murphy

March 11, 1949 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old


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Sharon Nolan Murphy 

Sharon started her journey in Allentown, New Jersey on March 11, 1949, the oldest child of Jay and Cornelia Nolan, wife of Patrick and mother to Tara (grandfurbaby Morton) and Rebecca (grandfurbabies Manchester and Bingley), sister to William (Kathy) and Sheila (Lew Brewer), Aunt to Jennifer Murphy and Nolan and Hagan Brewer.  A creative spirit with a bachelor’s degree in art, fond memories teaching art and a bountiful portfolio – her pieces became treasured gifts to many. She was also an avid volunteer before Multiple Sclerosis made its appearance when Sharon was in her early 30s. She lived courageously and with determination for 40+ years as a paraplegic battling the good, bad and ugly of this very challenging disease.  Sharon found her joy in very simple things; time with her daughters, family visiting, holiday gatherings, collecting paperweights, Hallmark movies with something hot to drink, her golden retriever Murphy and all her grand furbabies, Paul Anka, ducks on the pond, and lest we forget her treasured baskets so numerous they had their own “basket room”. She loved her themed holiday meals, club sandwiches, popcorn and always wanted to know what you had to eat or cooked and became more adventurous with her palate later in life. She had a saucy sense of humor which kept people on their toes, liked to chat on the phone with family and friends from the many states she lived (Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Georgia), thought a flat Coca-Cola cured everything and had a devout Catholic faith that carried her through her 74 years. In the last five years of her life, she liked to cause trouble with beloved “Aunt” Renee Baker who joined her daughters in her day-to-day care and became an integral part of her family.  Her strength was an inspiration to many as she fought so many physical ailments over her lifetime. Her recent “promotion,” on August 5th, 2023, after her last slumber party with her girls, set her free from her compromised body to dance once again and reunited her with many departed family members. She will join her husband Pat (D. 2007) on what would have been their 54th anniversary – August 28th at a private graveside burial in Marietta, Georgia.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for family and friends on Sunday, August 27 in Oxford, Georgia.  Donations may be made to the National MS Society Georgia Chapter at


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