Shirley Grace (Oquist) MurphyJuly 15th, 2020
Shirley Grace (Oquist) Murphy, age 89, formerly of California, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Branson, Missouri. She was born June 18, 1931 in Kansas City, Kansas to Carl E. Oquist, Sr. and Elsie Lorene (Henry) Oquist. She was married to Byrd E. Walter on December 25, 1946, who preceded her in death, and was married to the late Donald D. Schenewerk until 1973. She later married William F. Murphy, who passed away in 2008. Shirley attended California High School and worked for Missouri State agencies including Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Professional Registration in Jefferson City. She was a co-owner of the Montgomery Ward catalog store in California in the 1970s and had also obtained certification as a Chiropractic Assistant. Shirley was very dedicated in worship at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in California. For over 25 years, she and others from the church worked long volunteer hours to make thousands of Braille versions of the Bible. She also crocheted over 200 afghans as gifts for friends and family during her lifetime. She was known as an amazing cook and successfully raised her six children, all of whom survive: Gary Walter (Leslie) of Stuart, Florida, David (Sherri) Walter of Shiloh, Illinois, Judy (Jim) Johnsen of Jefferson City, Missouri, Jo (George) Pierson of Overland Park Kansas, Russ (Carla) Schenewerk of Branson, Missouri, and Randy (Kathy) Schenewerk of Houston, Texas. She had 12 grandchildren: Christopher Walter, Jeffrey Walter, Jennifer Neff, Jamie Baker, Michael Johnsen, Jessy Johnsen, Justin Warring, Emily Brimer, Chelsea Walter, Ian Schenewerk, Alex Schenewerk and Melissa Schenewerk. Out of concern for Shirley's elderly friends and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be private. Burial will be in California Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Braille Center or Shepherd of the Hills Living Center in Branson. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.