During her 63-year marriage to a military man, the Grand Pré resident lived in five provinces and three countries. She’s learned to be flexible over the years.
That trait also made the 91-year-old a good mom - and now allows her to be mothered by her daughter, Karen Purves, while she is a patient at Valley Regional Hospital after a recent fall.
Murphy was leaving a knitting group at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentville when she slipped and fell. Her pelvis was broken in two places.
Purves and her husband, Randy, began taking turns spending their days and nights at the hospital, but they’ve been there for Murphy for almost three years, moving in with her shortly after her husband Ed passed away.
“I have no problems, no worries,” sighs Murphy.
She loves the entertainment provided by being on the fringe of her daughter’s busy life.
“I’ve made more new friends in the last year years than I had in over 30 years,” she laughs.
In 2011, the Purves’ returned to Canada after living 19 years abroad, 14 of them in Lithuania. They settled in New Minas after serving Youth With A Mission (YWAM).
Purves sees caring for her mother as a continuation of that work in the missions field.
“You have to take care of your own first. It’s not a huge jump.”
Now when she volunteers at Open Arms in Kentville, Purves says, “Our friends are Mom’s friends. At Open Arms they all call her ‘Mom’.”
Murphy will soon…
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