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Obituaries – Oct 29, 2009

Jan Foregger

MADISON – Ms. Jan Foregger, age 63, of Madison died Monday, October 19, 2009.

Ms. Foregger was born January 3, 1946 in Jackson, Miss. to the late Edward John and Bobbie Elizabeth Tumasz.

She is a retired teacher of 25 years, helping educate children in Hammond, La., Water Valley and Oxford. She attained her master’s of arts in education from The University of Mississippi in 1980, and fulfilled post-graduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University in special education.

Jan had a passion for gardening and being outdoors, and was known for her “green thumb” when caring for plants. She was a volunteer with the Special Olympics, and worked as an advocate of mental retardation awareness.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by a son, Barin von Foregger and his wife Belinda of Brandon, Miss; a brother Johnny Tumasz of Kosciusko, Miss.; a sister Mary Lena Lackey of Madison, Miss.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Eleanor Lyons

CORTEZ, COLO.: Memorial services for longtime Cortez, Colo. resident, Eleanor Unfug Lyons, were held at four o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, October 28, 2009, in Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church. Pastor Steve Nofel officiated.

    Born March 19, 1931, in Brush, Colo., Mrs. Lyons was a daughter of the late Charles Otto and Edwina Vories Unfug. She passed away Friday, October 23, at her residence at the age of 78.

    On June 5, 1952, Eleanor married Daniel Joseph Lyons. She attended the University of Colorado and Colorado State University and she obtained a degree in Nutrition and Home Economics. A lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church, she belonged to Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church for 33 years. Mrs. Lyons devoted her time to various charitable organizations throughout her life. She enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, camping, archeology, and reading. For a few years Dr. and Mrs. Lyons and their family lived in Water Valley. Dr. Lyons was a veterinarian in the area and the couple were active in the local Presbyterian Church.

    Survivors include her children, Susan Alicia Lyons of Birmingham, Ala., Richard P. Lyons of Greenley, Colo, Mike W. Lyons of Cortez, Betsy A. Lyons of Greeley, Colo., John L. Lyons of Monte Vista, Colo., Samuel A. Lyons of Cortez, William A. Lyons of Cortez, and Amy Klyse and husband, Bryan, of Bailey, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Daniel Lyons in 2008; son, Daniel Joseph Lyons, Jr.; and her brother, Harry Vories Unfug.

    Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Lyons’ memory to Good Samaritan Center, c/o Cindy, the Bridge Emergency Shelter, or the Salvation Army.


Gregory L. Murphy

AUBURN, IN: Major Gregory L. Murphy—USAF Retired, age 52, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2009, in the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford, Indiana. He was born in Greenville to Ben C. Murphy and the late Vivian Hancock Murphy. Major Murphy served in the United States Air Force from 1978 to 1998.

  The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, October 24. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery.

  Survivors include: his wife of 31 years, Susan Cook Murphy, formerly of Paris, currently residing in Auburn, Ind.; one daughter, Emily S. Murphy of Auburn, Ind.; a son, Gregory Andrew Murphy of Auburn, Ind.; his father, Ben C. Murphy of Vaiden; two sisters, Kay Soffriti of Danville, Va. and Kathy David of Chatsworth, Calif.; and two brothers, Lanny Murphy of Tyler, Texas and Patrick Murphy of Kosciusko.

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