NORMAL — Murphy Meritt Martin, 19, Normal, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 14, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. David Venter officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Murphy M. Martin Memorial Fund, in care of Central Illinois Bank, 1801 E. Empire St., Suite 1, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Murphy was born Oct. 9, 1990, in Bloomington.

Murphy is survived by her parents, Kelly (Steve Leason) Cochran, Normal, and E.P. Martin, Bloomington; her loving and devoted sister, Makenzie Martin, Normal; her maternal grandparents, James and Nancy Cochran, Normal, with whom she made her home; her aunts, Kristi (David) Locke, Normal; and Kimberly Cochran and Cindy Denby, both of Springfield; her uncles, Tom (Karen) Cochran, New Jersey; Charles (Margo) Wills, Heyworth; and Joel J. Hughes, O’Fallon; and her very special cousins, Maggie Locke, Normal, and Cindy Wills Crimmins, Chicago.

Murphy was a graduate of Normal Community High School and had completed one year at Heartland Community College. She was scheduled to start her sophomore year at ISU next week. She had such compassion and it was her goal to teach children with special needs, particularly those who are blind or deaf.

Murphy was such a hard worker, often juggling three jobs while attending school. She was also the baby sitter of choice for several families and cherished all her “kids,” as they did her.

Murphy was so full of joy and love that even the simple action of walking into a room made the world brighter. She always had a smile on her face and was totally selfless. In the spirit of this generosity, Murphy chose to be an organ/tissue donor; something she felt everyone should do. Because of her generosity and the assistance of the Gift of Hope organization, at least 27 people will have a better chance of having a happy, healthy and productive life.


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