Inez Evans Murphy, 90, passed away at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
She was born Inez Rose Dallezotte on Aug. 11, 1922, in Oakley, Wyo., to Frank and Maria (Casera) Dallezotte, Italian immigrants. Her father was a coal miner. She graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1940. She married Joseph James Evans on Sept. 28, 1946, in Kemmerer. They moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1956 and settled in Cheyenne in 1959. Mr. Evans preceded her in death in 1969.
She married Walter L. “Spud” Murphy on Sept. 5, 1976, in Cheyenne. They lived in Sheridan, Wyo., until 1990 when they returned to Cheyenne.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Onorina (George) Roletto; brother Frank (Florence) Dallezotte; stepson Mike (Joan) Murphy; one nephew and two great grandsons.
She is survived by her husband; her sister, Ellen (Frank) Pinto; her children Anthony (Buffe) Evans, Joseph (Beth) Evans, David (Becky) Evans and Ann Marie (Lee) Erickson; two stepchildren, Mark (Tempe) Murphy and Mary (Jim) Whalen; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, five great step-grandchildren, one great-great step-grandchild and twelve nieces and nephews.
Inez was proud of her Italian and Wyoming heritage, the sacrifices made by her parents in immigrating to America and being the daughter of a coal miner. She spoke fluent Italian, traveled to Italy to visit her relatives and kept in contact with them.
Inez was a hard working homemaker and a dedicated church and school volunteer. After her first husband’s death in 1969, she worked for the State Engineer’s Office and the Federal Highway Administration. Her favorite job was manager of her husband’s bookstore, Sheridan Stationary. She was an active member of Cheyenne Women’s Civic League, Bishop’s Guild, Cathedral Guild and the St. Thomas Aquinas Circle. Her greatest gift was her belief that all her children and grandchildren were perfect.
A Vigil for the Deceased will be Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Interment of her urn will be in Olivet Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Inez’s memory to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Services and cremation are under the care of Schrader Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at www.schraderfuneral.com.