Shirley Murphy, a longtime Burley resident, celebrated her 90th birthday on October 21, 2020. Shirley was born to Inez and Robert McNeil in LaBelle Idaho, the sixth of seven children. She moved to Burley where she lived with her sister Grace and brother-in-law, Wally Whitaker.
It was while working at Price’s Café that she met her future husband, Orvil Murphy. Shirley and Orvil were married August 10, 1951. Having a lifelong love of the outdoors, she loved the many hikes, picnics, camping, hunting, and fishing trips. Orvil made jewelry for many years and she enjoyed the frequent rockhounding trips and later in life, attending rock and gem shows.
Shirley made many of the clothes for herself, Orvil, and her children, Pat, and Bob. Whether it was down-filled coats, pillows, and quilts, dresses for Pat, or shirts for Bob and Orvil, Shirley was the family seamstress. Her other hobbies included ceramics, crocheting, needlepoint, and was a member of the Burley Community Concert for many years.
Volunteering was, and still is, a passion, whether it was PTA carnivals, bake sales, working in concession booths at high school basketball games, or helping with the Relief Society. She remains active in the LDS Church and still participates in home visits and the Relief Society. Shirley currently lives in a retirement community in Pocatello, and enjoys exercise classes, yoga, making tie-dye shirts, as well as visiting and helping neighbors who are less fortunate.