Murphy, Brenda (nee Nelligan) 76, born in Poughkeepsie, NY, a longtime resident of Hyde Park, died peacefully at home with her family after a prolonged illness on January 8, 2016. Beloved wife and best friend for 50 years of John James, Jr.; loving mother of John James III (Margaret) of Seattle, Rebecca (Paul) Schmitz of Newton, MA, and Kevin (Kellen) of Chicago; amazing and generous grandmother of five, Leah, Finn, Esmé (Seattle), Peter Schmitz (Newton) and Mallory (Chicago); beloved aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite social justice cause, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (chicagohomeless.org
) or Hyde Park Cats shelter (hydeparkcats.org
) are appreciated.