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Nyla Murphy

Laramie, Wyoming

January 31, 1931 ­- June 06, 2015

Nyla Murphy died in Laramie, Wyoming on June 6, 2015 at the age of 83. After a brave fight with biliary cancer, she continued until the end on her own terms, much like she lived her whole life. She is survived by her son Robert Murphy, daughter Cassidy Murphy, son-in-law Michael Brady, brother James Jester and his wife Janet Jester, and brother Melvin Jester. She will be missed terribly by her beloved sister-in-law Beuna and her niece Marianne Taylor and husband Barry Taylor.

Nyla was born in Stilesville, Indiana in 1931, and had to fight with her father for the right to a good high school education. She started college but the demands of working and school became too much and she had to quit. She worked for years as a stewardess, traveling the world and becoming a trainer of other stewardesses. While on a flight to Chicago she met C.J. Murphy, whom she married and followed to Wyoming. C.J. Murphy then died in 1977.

While raising her family as a single mother, Nyla had her own real estate business in Casper, eventually running for and becoming a Representative to the Wyoming State Legislature for 12 years.

When Nyla was 55 years old, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of continuing her college education, eventually graduating with a Political Science degree from the University of Wyoming. She followed her passion into law, graduating from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1993.

After practicing for a few years in Riverton, she moved back to Laramie to open up her own law practice, continuing a regular work load until just a few years ago. She was still a fully licensed attorney until the end, dedicated to helping those in need. Nyla accomplished all these things and she spoke Spanish fluently, was a poet, an artist, and true lover of life.

Nyla will be remembered in a service to be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Saint Paul’s Newman Center, Catholic Church, 1800 Grand Ave., Laramie, WY. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception where her loved ones and friends are invited to speak as time allows.

Nyla loved flowers and painted them endlessly, but sadly, she won’t be able to see any now. If you want to honor her, buy some beautiful flowers for someone you love- she’d love that. Or, if you know someone who needs help, do something to help them--that’s what Nyla would do.

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