When we met, Kerry already had a cute little girl, Marissa. By the time we got married in 2006 and were ready to expand our family, Marissa was nine; ten when Delaney was born. Although Marissa adored her little sister, we really wanted Delaney to have a sibling closer to her age to grow up with and play with. So finally in January of 2011 I found out that I was pregnant and Molly Elizabeth Murphy was born on September 12, 2011. She completed our family and brought everyone so much joy. To give you a better idea of what a special little girl Molly was, here is part of her obituary.
On May 29, 2015, our little angel, Molly, left this world and went to be with Jesus that loved her so. She was Daddy’s Molly Pops, Mommy’s Sweet Pea, Big Sissy, Marissa was a second mommy and she was Delaney’s best friend ever. She loved her grandma, “Mamaw”, and her papaws along with her many babysitters, church family, and all of the many friends of the family. Molly was an animal lover too and gave her dog, Charlie, a hug and kiss every night before bed. She loved doing things with all of her grandparents like watering flowers, riding on the Doodlebug to see animals at the neighbor’s farm, baking, and riding on the lawnmower.
Molly came into this world on September 12, 2011, and had to fight her way through the first week of her life to be able to share these three and a half precious years with all of us. Besides being cute as a button, she had a huge personality for such a little person. She loved to cuddle and give hugs and kisses. She was very loving to everyone, even her baby dolls and all animals. She also always tried to comfort Delaney when she was upset, even if she was in time-out for doing something mean to her. Molly was as ornery as they come and you never knew what she was going to say or do next.
Molly leaves behind her Daddy & Mommy, Kerry & Sarah (Davis) Murphy, her big sissy Marissa and her medium big sissy, Delaney; also her paternal grandparents Papaw Roger & Grandma Carolyn (Martin/Murphy) Thobe of Maria Stein, her maternal grandparents, Papaw John & Mamaw Susan (Hill) Davis of Pleasant Hill, and her maternal great-papaw, Gerald “Jar” Davis of Bradford, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.
Molly would ask, “Why does Jesus love me?” and Mamaw would say, “He loves us all. We are so special to him that he came and died so we can be with him someday.” Now our precious little Molly gets to be with Jesus and meet her Grandpa Alan, Great Aunt Billie, and all of the other wonderful friends & family that have already left this world. We all loved this special little girl so much and will keep her in our hearts forever.
Luna moths represent rebirth, renewal of body and spirit, regeneration and may even symbolize the soul itself. Luna moths, like many types of moths and butterflies, are quite beautiful in appearance and have docile personalities. Their physical beauty and charm make these large moths symbols of reflection, nourishment and life. They only live for about a week. When we got back from the hospital we noticed one had landed on Marissa’s graduation robe. It stayed in that exact same spot until about 3:00pm the next day.
Below is a photo gallery of Molly. Click on the thumbnails to view larger photos.