Born 11-21-1924 -- Died 8-20-2002
Peggyjane Samantha Murphy Nelson, daughter of the late Lawrence W. and Ruby Simpson Scholl, was born near the village of CorFu, N.Y., and spent her formative years on her father's farm there. After the family moved to California, she met and married businessman and newspaper colonist Jack Murphy, and to this union two daughters were born. After her children were in school, Peggyjane, who was a child psychologist, worked with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area serving deprived children. She was also an avid supporter of the Los Angeles Symphonic Orchestra and Art Museum. She was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent of Sunday School at the Eagle Rock Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Sometime after the death of Jack Murphy, Peggy-jane met and married John W. Nelson of the farming community of Violet Hill, and lived on a farm near there. She was a member of the organization of Eastern Star and the past queen of the Mat-ta-nah Temple, Daughters of the Nile.Survivors are her husband, John Nelson of the home; one daughter, Peggyjane Murphy, Jr. of Mentone, Calif.; two grand- daughters, Megan Murphy-Lee and Maureen Marie Gibbs; five step-children, Clella Kathryn Nelson of Albuquerque, N.M., Paul Allen Nelson of Phoenix, Ariz., Debra Bailey of Batesville, Lesa Marie Kaiser of Carsonville, Mo., John Nelson Jr. of Nashville, Tenn.; 9 step-grandchildren, Paula, Holly, Christina, Casey, Cole, Zachary, Kaitlyn, Taylor, and Austin; one brother, Lawrence Scholl of Ridgecrest, Calif.; one sister, Geraldine Boucher of Richland, Pa.; one much loved mother-in-law, Clella Wiley of Albuquerque, N.M.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; one husband; Jack Murphy; and one daughter, Melissa Anne Murphy-Lee.Services were Aug. 20, at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel with Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial was in the Old Philadelphia Cemetery with arrangements by Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne. Pallbearers were Paul Nelson, Robert Bailey, Mike Kaiser, John Nelson Jr., Clint Rhine, Johnny Greenhaws.