Geo Ann Murphy, 80 of Boise, Idaho died March 19, 2022. Cremation is under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho.
Geo Ann Murphy, (Steisel) born June 16, 1941 to George and Georgia Steisel in Phoenix, Arizona graduated from Boise High School and attended Boise Junior College. Geo Ann married Charles Tye in 1962 and they had three children, Charlene, Peggy and Arthur (Dan). Geo Ann married Traynor Murphy April 28, 1984.
As a young woman, Geo Ann was a Job’s Daughter Queen and had a passion for science and business. Geo Ann excelled professionally in records management at Boise Cascade, working through the tumultuous times of the paper mill strikes of the late 70’s. In her spare time, you could find Geo on the golf course or at the bowling alley usually twice a week. Despite her competitive nature she always looked beyond the game, forming strong social connections with her teammates and competitors. Geo Ann was a P.E.O. and cherished her work providing scholarships to young women. She was someone in both the community and her family who was a pillar of empowerment. Geo Ann’s volunteering passions included being a long-time election poll volunteer, knitting countless baby hats and blankets for the women’s shelter and NICU and helping teach economically challenged elementary students to read.
Traynor and Geo loved to travel the country exploring Presidential libraries, national parks, visiting grand and great grandchildren and making friends. Of all the places they visited, Stanley was their favorite and they often spent weeks during the summer at the campgrounds around Stanley. In the later years, they retired the fifth wheel and took to renting a cabin at Torrey’s Burnt Creek Inn. It is here you can find the commemorative bench that bears a plaque for Traynor who passed away just 11 months ago and will soon have a match in Geo Ann’s honor.
Geo Ann received a stage four transitional cell carcinoma of the urethra diagnosis the first week of February and passed away peacefully at home March 19, with her family by her side. The last 60 days of her life, Geo focused on spending time with her family, including a week in Manzanita enjoying the Oregon Coast.
Geo Ann is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Steisel and her sister Mildred Schmer. Geo Ann’s legacy includes three children, five grandchildren [Joseph Randall, Crystal Tye, Elizabeth Colombo, Kinley Tye and Seamus McArthur] and two great grandchildren [Jonah and Ellie Randall] Geo Ann elected to not have a service but instead for her family to have a private remembrance in Stanley. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to the food bank. She was a truly authentic and caring human being, she always put others before herself and she instilled this value into all of her kids and grandkids, she inspired good even up to the last moments of her life.
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