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Vivian (Collins) Murphy

April 26, 1929 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 92)


Vivian Murphy

(Nee Collins)

Age 92 of Dwight, Illinois (formerly of Osakis, Minnesota) passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 26, 1929, in Osakis, Minnesota, Vivian Rosemary was the daughter of Michael and Marie (nee Brouns) Collins. She was raised and educated in Osakis and graduated from Osakis High School in 1947, attended business school, and worked for Reinhart's in Minneapolis for many years. It was there that she met Francis "Frank" Murphy, the love of her life.  The two married in Belle River, Minnesota, on August 31, 1963. Vivian then retired and dedicated her life to raising her family, and the family relocated to Dwight, Illinois, in 1971.

Vivian was a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Dwight, where she participated in the Altar & Rosary Group. She was an active member of the Dwight Women's Club and served on the Dwight Public Library and the Bank of Dwight boards. She was a gifted painter of porcelain china and enjoyed playing Bridge and Whist.  Above all, her family was her pride and joy. She devoted herself to being the best mother and grandmother she could be and cherished the memories she made with her family over her lifetime. 

Survivors include two daughters: Mary (Tom) Hogan and Erin (Eric) Frobish, both of Morris; five grandchildren: Aindrea "Daah" Hogan, Shannon Hogan (fiancée Denny Entwistle), Ethan Frobish, Elaina "Ellie" Frobish, and Emma Frobish; one brother, Gary (Judy) Collins of Carlos, Minnesota, and one sister, Kathleen (the late Darwin) Hetland of Osakis, Minnesota, two sisters-in-law: Beverly Collins of Osakis, Minnesota and Elizabeth Murphy of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank on August 10, 2016; one brother, David Collins, and one brother in infancy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law George (Mary) Murphy, Robert Murphy, and Anna Mae Murphy; and nephews, Shaun Collins and Gary Heath.

Visitation on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 1:30-2:30 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Belle River, in Carlos, MN, followed by a funeral mass. Interment will be at the St. Nicholas Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass.

Local arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris (815) 942-2500.

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