Helen Murchison

September 5, 1948 ~ October 1, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Helen Murchison Obituary

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SEPTEMBER 5, 1948—October 1, 2023

Helen Joyce (Harb) Murchison of Indianapolis Indiana, (formerly Sarasota, Florida) recently celebrated her 75th birthday surrounded by her friends, family and care givers on September 5th and passed away on October 1, 2023 in her sleep. She had been in hospice care since March. May she rest in PEACE.

“Joyce”, as she was fondly known by family and friends, is survived by her two brothers, Rick and his wife Sharon, Larry and his wife Pam and her daughter, Sarah, ex son-in- law Abdellah and her three grandchildren, Miriam Zaouzal, Noora Zaouzal and Khadijah Khalk.

Although Joyce lived most recently in Indianapolis, moving there to be close to her daughter and grandchildren, she spent the majority of her life in Sarasota, Florida. She resided with her wonderful husband of 40 years, Bob Murchison (now deceased) and lived close to her mother and father (Fred and Julia Harb) until their passing.

Joyce was born in Detroit, Michigan, spent her early childhood years in Florida and her teenage years in Oak Park, Illinois where she graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School. While working in the personnel division at Montgomery Wards Headquarters she met her first husband Les Reginoi and moved to Sarasota, Florida.

Joyce created a very successful and unique business designed to secure new potential business clients for stockbrokers. In this process, she developed a wonderful friendship with Jim Kraffert and his wife Terrena who became lasting friends. This unique home operating business also allowed Joyce to spend quality time with her mother (Julia) who she devoted much of her life to until her mother passed at the age of 91.

She had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir in her Syrian Orthodox Church in Oak Park, Illinois. She also served as the President of the Paul Anka Fan Club when she lived in Florida before moving to Illinois.

Joyce also loved to cook and entertain. She used her vast cooking skills to develop a successful Catering Business which she ran for a number of years.

Joyce will be remembered most for her engaging smile, her keen business savvy and her willingness to help others in need. Joyce will be happily reunited with her husband and parents for eternity. God Bless you Joyce from all of us who will miss you on earth.

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Graveside Service
October 4, 2023

2:00 PM
Elmwood Cemetery
2905 North Thatcher Road
River Grove, IL 60171


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