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Obituary: Agnes Murdock 1917-2014

Agnes Stella

Agnes Stella

Agnes Stella Montgomery Murdock

Oct. 3, 1917- May 1, 2014

Kind, shy, loving and resilient describe our sweet mother, Agnes Murdock. How lucky we are to have had her as our mom.

She was born to Chauncey Charles (Whitey) Montgomery and Anna Christine Schroeder Montgomery in Beaver Creek, Arizona on October 3, 1917. After the death of her mother, her Uncle Frank and Aunt Enone Waldroup and cousin Eugene raised her and her brother, Joe. At ten years old, she was united with her younger sister, Margaret, who was being raised by a great aunt in Anaheim, California. Together they attended school and lived in a house surrounded by orange trees. In 1930 mom, Margaret and Great Aunt Helene journeyed across the United States by train, boarded an ocean liner in New York and sailed to Cologne, Germany to visit their cousin who was recently married and beginning her family. Mom persuaded her great aunt to let her remain in Germany and assist her cousin with her young family and help in the family deli. What an adventure this was. Mom lived in Cologne from 1930 to 1936 when the specter of war caused her father to insist she return to the United States. She spent her formative teenage years in Germany, became fluent in German, somewhat overcame her shyness in order to deliver deli purchases to families nearby, and deeply loved her cousin and her young family.

In 1936, mom returned to McGuireville and lived with her dad, who was a cowboy, and stepmother Midge, who ran the McGuireville store. Soon mom began working at the Bell Ranch at Lake Montezuma and met our dad, Harold Leonard (Hallie) Murdock. In 1939, accompanied by her sister Margaret and soon to be husband, Jim Derrick, mom and dad were married at the Prescott Courthouse by a Justice of the Peace. Mom fell in love with the large Murdock family and dad's parents, Dave and Lena Murdock.

Mom and dad lived briefly in Arizona before moving to South Gate, California where they had their first three children. In 1946 they returned to Arizona for four years, had their fourth child but the lure of steady work caused them to return to California. They lived in Buena Park for thirty-one years. Mom loved the weather, the ease of having a pretty yard and fruit trees and the joy of giving birth to her third son. But, Arizona was always in their hearts. So, after dad's retirement from McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), they built a house in Camp Verde and returned to the town and life they loved.

Mom is predeceased by her husband, Hallie Murdock. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Derrick of Cornville, cousin Eugene Waldroup of Cottonwood and children: David (Tuey) of Nicaragua, Joe (Natalie) of Tucson, Pat Anderson (Cliff) of Danville, CA, Susan Nefzger (Steve) of Albuquerque, NM, and John of Long Beach, CA. She leaves 12 grandchildren: Emily Murdock, Brady Gould, Chauncey Murdock, Tura Murdock Rocha, Michael Murdock, Becky Murdock, Joe Anderson, Tom Anderson, Christine Fawley, Ryan Fawley, Sarah Murdock and Kate Murdock. In addition, are nine great grandchildren: Wyatt Gould, Lydia Gould, Amelia Gould, Charlie Rocha Murdock, Samuel Rocha Murdock, Luisa Rocha Murdock, Lucas Anderson, Paul Anderson, and Exene Murdock.

We want to acknowledge and thank Dolores Philip from Home Instead Senior Care as well as the Hospice of the Pines in addition to recognizing the respectful and loving care provided by the angel caregivers at Country Care Assisted Living in Cottonwood.

Graveside services will be at Clear Creek Cemetery, May 10 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Camp Verde Historical Society.

Information provided by survivors.

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