Nora Murphy Renner, born Feb. 22, 1937, passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2018, at the home of Chris and Lambie Renner in Fairfax Station, Va.
There will be a funeral mass to celebrate Nora’s life on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. A reception will follow.
Nora Murphy was born to James Alban Murphy and Mary Margaret Monahan Murphy in Milwaukee, Wis. She was the youngest of four children, preceded by her brother James Alban and sisters Mary Ann “Mimi” and Kathleen Patricia “Katie”.
Nora met the love of her life, Franklin Donahue “Frank” Renner, while attending Marquette University. They married at Mother of Good Counsel Church in 1958. Nora and Frank had five children: Chris (Lambie) Renner, Jim (Shelley) Renner, Sarah (Peter) Murphy, Mary (Winston) Porter, and Joe Renner.
The family moved to Dunwoody in 1969, and Nora and Frank built a life with many close friends and a commitment to helping others. Nora was tireless in participating with Frank in many charitable efforts and St. Jude ministries, working as a physical therapist, singing in the St. Jude choir, and supporting her children’s activities. She was continually reading, listening, and learning, and she loved to share a cup of tea or a glass of wine with her friends.
Nora’s friends and family will remember her beaming smile, welcoming heart, calm compassion, and enthusiastically inquisitive mind. This space is insufficient to describe the love that Nora gave and received, and we are grateful for everyone who shared a part of her journey.
As her health declined, Nora moved to her son Chris’s home in Virginia where Chris, Lambie, and their children provided care, love, joy, and fulfillment in her final years.
Nora was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, sister Katie (Donald) Horning, and sister-in-law Lenore (Dale) Renner Taliaferro. She is survived by her brother James (Helen) Murphy, her sister Mary Ann (Eugene) Drzycimski; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; countless nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
Those wishing to make a gesture to honor Nora’s life are asked to donate to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Blvd. SW Atlanta, Ga., 30315 or to Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Dr. Atlanta, Ga., 30307.