Carolyn Murphy

September 30, 1932 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Carolyn Murphy Obituary

Carolyn Murphy
September 30, 1932 – December 22, 2023

She was all at once glamorous, so much fun, kind beyond measure, a cultivator of deep faith, generosity of spirit, encouragement, hope.  And Carolyn Murphy was a badass.

Born Bessie Carolyn Revell, September 30, 1932, in Ogden, Utah, Carolyn was the fourth and youngest child of a Greek immigrant father, Charles Reveliotis, and a pioneer-stock mother, Lettie Victoria Walker.

Carolyn graduated from Ogden High School and attended the University of Utah, studying Speech Therapy and Classical Greek.  Destiny took hold when Harry Murphy spotted Carolyn across a crowded room at the party of a mutual friend in the early 1950s.

The couple eloped, marrying in Evanston, Wyoming, on June 20, 1955.  They moved to San Francisco, where they made their home, began raising their family (David, Diana and Stephen were born there) and set down deep roots.  Life in California was rich and full.  If you spent time in Carolyn and Harry’s orbit, you shared in their bounteous gifts, elegant style and flair for the dramatic.  Carolyn was unforgettable.

In 1973, the family returned to Utah, ultimately settling in Salt Lake City.

Carolyn exuded an obvious goodness as well as confidence in herself and who she was.  She radiated love and inner light and she freely expressed her creativity and passion for living every day.  Her overall fabulousness never waned.  She thrilled and delighted grandchildren and great-grandchildren with evening drives to Ruth’s Diner or around town in her red vintage Mercedes convertible.  She was one of a kind.

Carolyn was exquisitely attentive to her children and family — and she enjoyed close friendships across the decades.  She always let those she cared for know how cherished they were.  Her love was clear, strong and abiding.  Carolyn’s joyful energy and optimism were infectious.  She uplifted and inspired others to see what they often couldn’t see in themselves, supporting them to take steps to improve and progress — and to do brave, sometimes difficult things.  Carolyn walked her talk — these very same skills carried her through tumultuous, challenging periods in her own life.  Through determination, perseverance and a vision of what was possible, Carolyn created the life she had always imagined, a life that gave her peace of mind, made room for her warmth and generosity to flourish and allowed her to nurture, guide and counsel her loved ones.  Carolyn’s service and support towards her children and family empowered each of them to build and manifest their own creativity and unique lives.

Carolyn was preceded in death by Harry as well as her three siblings, Elaine (Sampson), Phillip and Charles.  She leaves behind her three children to whom she was utterly devoted — David Murphy (Holly Peterson) of Salt Lake City, Diana Murphy (Steve Rotterdam) of New York City, and Stephen Morphis (Cercee Kaelin) of Alpine. She was Yaya to six treasured grandchildren — David Murphy (Jessica Crockett), Amanda Murphy (Tyler Banks), Natasha Rotterdam, Aleksandra Rotterdam, Kaelin Morphis and Seveya Morphis — and six great-grandchildren.

Carolyn’s life will be celebrated among family and close friends at a memorial service in the spring.  Date to be announced.

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