Patricia Lou Murphy, age 79 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away April 28, 2016 at her home.


Pat was born July 16, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Leo and Dorothia (Mosher) Murphy. She graduated from Portland High School in 1954 and attended Central Michigan University, graduating in 1958.


Pat was employed by Hastings Area Schools from 1958 until her retirement in 1994. She worked as a PE teacher, business teacher, and coach for track, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. Pat was a member of MHSAA, NEA, MEA, 4-H, was president of Jr. Farm Bureau from 1958 to 1962. Pat volunteered at many Hastings Area School Athletic Events.


Pat also referred to as "Miss Murph" always had a smile on her face, listening ears for her students and athletes, and a willingness to help Hastings School System, wherever needed. In 1977, Pat was head girls track coach, when her Hastings team was runner up at the State Finals. She was a true Hastings Saxon and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.


Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Dorothia Murphy.


She is survived by her brothers: Leo Clare (Jan) Murphy of Portland, MI, Lyle Murphy of Hastings, MI, nephews, Will, Joe, Donald, Leo Peter, nieces: Tamsin and Dawn.


A Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral Services for Pat will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am also at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Dr. James Spindler will officiate the service. Interment will take place North Eagle Cemetery, Eagle Township, Clinton County at 2:30 pm.


Memorial contributions may be made to Hastings Area Schools.


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.


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