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Theresa Kay Murphy (nee Crawford), age 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully Friday, April 14th, 2017. Her siblings, Jimmy, Sue, and Jackie; as well as her niece and nephew, Saraya Crawford Rice, and Barry Crawford Sr. were lovingly by her side as she passed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Malvern Sr. and Theresa Crawford; daughter, Karen Marie Murphy Williams; brother, Alan Crawford; sisters, Arvis Flowers, and Joan McIntosh; sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Crawford; nieces, Nancy Lenoir, and Debbie McIntosh; and nephews, Jerry “Scotty” Cummings, Darrell Eugene Cummings, Robert Flowers, and Barry J. Crawford Jr.
She is survived by her children, Sandra (Steven) Douglas, of Warren, and Robert (Chrystal) Murphy, of Fort Washington, MD; grandchildren, Jason Norman, and Kristin Norman, of Warren, Kaiya Murphy, of Atlanta GA, Michael Williams, and Adante Jones, of Southfield; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Hatcher of Warren, and Carter Smith, of London, Ontario, Canada; In addition to her children and grandchildren, she leaves to cherish her memory, her sisters, Marilyn “Sue” Cummings, and Jacquelyn Elaine Crawford, both of Grand Rapids; brothers, Malvern Crawford Jr., of Southfield, Robert “Bobby” Crawford, of Grand Rapids, Paul Crawford, of Hilo, HI, Herbert (Barbara) Crawford Sr. of Woodbine, MD, Donald Crawford Sr., of Los Angeles, CA, and James (Gertha) Crawford, of Ocoee, FL (who has served as her guardian, and caregiver for the last two years); She also has 3 special sisters, Rosalyn (Travis) Erby, Jaqueline Flowers, and Lola Crawford.
Theresa (Kay, as she was called by all who knew her) also had many, many, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, that she loved with her whole heart, and they loved her the exact same way, and we ALL will miss her dearly. 
Kay was a funny, generous, and caring person, who would give you the shirt off her back, if you asked. She could also let you have it with both barrels, when she wanted! She was also the best fudge maker on the Planet! When you mentioned “Kay’s fudge” EVERYONE knew who, and what, you were talking about! 
Rest in Paradise, always, and forever. We love you.
Visitation for family and friends will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, where services will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place after the service. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, and donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Theresa’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:
Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Sharon Toth on April 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    My deepest condolences to you Sandra and for your entire family …may God wrap his arms tightly around your mom until you are reunited in paradise with her! My prayers for peace and comfort are being sent to you and your family during this difficult time…&128148;&128149;

  2. April Pritchett on April 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Rest in Heaven my dear Auntie T. You treated me as though I was one of your own. You leave a great legacy in your children and grandchildren. Love always

  3. Michelle Spurlin on April 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Sandy and family may the great memories you have help in this time. My heart goes out to you all. Knowing how fabulous you are Sandy I’m positive your Mom was an amazing person!! She will always be watching over you!
    Love, Hugs, and prayers to you. God Bless you all!!

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