Phyllis Ann Murphy Smith
Phyllis Ann Murphy Smith, 62, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 12, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, in the sanctuary of the former Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Orange, under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home. A gathering of her family and friends will be from 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Church.
Phyllis was the only child of Jack and Virginia Murphy, now deceased.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 40 years, Lynn Ray Smith; her twins, Andrea Bilbo and husband, John; and Phillip Smith and wife, Kelli; and four precious grandchildren, Jacob and Bradley Bilbo, Nicholas and Macy Smith. She also leaves behind her God child, Aria Fontenot, whom she raised for the past five years; her best friend of 30 years, Deborah Kibodeaux and husband, Dennis and their children, Kris Kibodeaux and Lisa Philyaw; and a number of other close friends and family members.
Phyllis was born in McAlester , Okla. on April 11, 1947. A Navy child, she attended 19 different schools and lived in many different cities, but she called Orange her home. Phyllis was a fun-loving, dry-witted packrat that never knew a stranger.
Because of her love of people, she became a social worker after graduating from Lamar University Beaumont in 1976. She worked for 19 years with the Orange County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and became the Executive Director before retiring. It was much more than a job to her, spending many of her waking hours trying to help people she hardly knew. If anyone was in need, she would do everything in her power to help. She had clients that called her on her personal phone, long after she retired, just because they knew she cared about them.
Phyllis was a longtime member of Park Avenue (now Faith) United Methodist Church where she served in many areas, including Youth Director.
She had a great love for games and sports and was a member of the Orange Tennis Club. Her favorite activities were going to the movies with her husband and grandchildren, eating and playing cards with her Supper Club friends, and going to West Orange-Stark High School Football games. She will be missed terribly, but her friends and family value the unselfish acts of generosity she taught them and the joy she brought to their lives.
Pallbearers are the men of the Supper Club: Glenn Curran, Mike Ford, Mike Keeney, Dennis Kibodeaux, Bill Klein, and Billy Ridings. Honorary pallbearers are Kristopher Kibodeaux and Frank Philyaw.
The family would like to thank Dr. Harry Price, Cristi Fall, and Southeast Texas Hospice for their compassionate care. Donations may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.