Jane Luke Murphy, 50, Was Devoted to Family

Jane Trafford Luke Murphy died Wednesday, Nov. 5, of complications from lupus. She is lovingly remembered by her friends and family for her courageous 25-year battle with the disease and for her generous spirit.

Born Oct. 17, 1953 in Charleston, S.C., she was a graduate of Rippowam School and Wooster School, earning a B.S. from Briarcliff College and her R.N. degree from Pace University. A devoted mother to her two sons, she was an active volunteer at Greens Farms Academy, serving as class mother, school store volunteer and library helper, as well as participating on many committees. Mrs. Murphy was a member of the Women's Fellowship at Trinity Church in Southport and served on the altar guild. She enjoyed music, art and building intricate doll houses, donating several to church and school fund-raising events.

She had a deep and seasoned love for the Vineyard, where she spent at least part of every summer of her life as she shared West Chop and Mink Meadows with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan J. Murphy, and her sons, J. Luke Murphy and Gordon T. Murphy, all of Fairfield, Conn.; her parents, Joy and John A. Luke Sr.; a brother, John A. Luke Jr., and a sister, Hope L. Hetherington, all of New Canaan, Conn.; a brother, William H. Luke of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and many nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, godchildren and friends.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Church in Southport on Tuesday, Nov. 11. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Jane's memory to the Lupus Research Institute at 149 Madison avenue, Suite 205, New York, NY 10016.