Vera Nadine (Wicker) Murphy, age 84, of Lorado, went to her heavenly home on Sept. 7, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Nadine was born April 8, 1936, to the late Ermer Wicker and Margie (Fry) Wicker. Being the eldest daughter, she helped care for her younger sisters, washed dishes on a stool her father built for her, worked in the family garden, and chopped and picked cotton in the fields. She learned to cook and bake, working alongside her mother. The family moved many times, including a trip to California. Life was hard, but filled with love. All these experiences formed the woman Nadine became.

At 10, Nadine met a boy that became a lifelong best friend when her family moved to Little Brown community. This boy, Jimmy, fell in love with this spirited, brown-eyed girl. While it was not love at first sight for Nadine, they became playmates, neighbors and the best of friends.

On Sept. 17, 1952, she married the love of her life, Jimmy Doyle Murphy. Together they raised a son, Doyle, and a daughter, Debbie. She was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mother for most of her children’s growing years. The role of wife, mother and homemaker gave her the greatest joy and satisfaction.

Her family grew when Doyle married Joan, and Debbie married Tony Kiestler. She was blessed with a granddaughter, Tonia Nadine Kiestler. As Nadine told everyone she met, “My only grandbaby.”

She was known for her strong work ethic and admired by all who knew her. A woman of deep faith, Nadine always had time to listen to a friend in need. She retired from Monroe Automotive with 25 years of service, where she gained many precious friends.

Nadine gave her time and talents in many ways to Lorado Missionary Baptist Church. A member for over 35 years, Nadine served as Sunday School teacher, Assistant Sunday School Secretary, Vacation Bible School teacher as well as serving on various church committees. Known for her good cooking and sharing a songbook with Jim, any way Nadine could be involved in her church brought her great joy.

Nadine considered her family her most prized accomplishment, each member a precious gift and blessing. Everyone was welcome in her home and at her table. Extended family gatherings for holidays and continuing the family traditions of her parents were of utmost importance to Nadine. She often commented that she thanked God every day for her parents, long after their death. With every event there was food; meals and desserts, like her bon bons made at Christmas. Every family member and friend has a story to tell of Nadine’s dishes. Talents she learned at her mother’s side as a child served her well and have been passed on to the next generation to enjoy.

Nadine was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Ermer and Margie Wicker; brother and sister-in-law, J.C. and Dorothy Wicker; sister, Wanda Black; brothers-in-law, Jerry Henson, Harold Stowers and Dewey Scott.

Survived by her beloved husband of almost 68 years of the home, Jimmy Murphy; son, Doyle Murphy, his wife Joan of Walnut Ridge; daughter, Debbie Kiestler, her husband Tony and her granddaughter, Tonia, all of Lorado; sisters: Lelia Stowers, Barbara Lamb her husband Thomas, Shirley Scott; sister-in-law, Joann Henson; brother-in-law, Larry Black; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Thomas Lamb officiating. Interment was in Lorado Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Jumper, Rusty Craig, Harold Stowers, Ricky Stowers, Tommy Lamb, Greg Lamb, Mark Lamb, Brent Scott, Wayne Black, Austin Jordan, Doug Tyler and Randy Caldwell.

An online guestbook is available at www.house greggfh.com.

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