Wendy Gay Murphy passed away unexpededly at the age of 56 on December 24th 2020 in Ogden Utah. She was surrounded by her husband and her 4 children. She was born Wendy Gay Marlor on July 10th 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah to ReNae and Jim Marlor on a clear hot summer day, where she was welcomed into her new home by her only surviving sibling Sharon Marlor. Sadly, the Marlors lost another sibling “Jill” before Wendy was born. Wendy was a ray of sunshine to the Marlor family, for whom had golden locks of hair and beautiful big blue eyes. Wendy’s sister Sharon is the only survivor remaining in her small Utah family.

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At the age of 7, Wendy's father passed away after an accident at home. ReNae then married James Sparks, who stepped in as her step father. After a long struggle, Renae recently passed away from cancer. Wendy loved and comforted ReNae and she fought along side her mother every step of the way until the very end.

Jim survives today with Wendy’s 4 children (Brittney Burningham, Kimberly Murphy, Corey James Robert Murphy and Austin Johnson). Wendy's oldest daughter Brittney has 3 children (Kayden, Gavin and Olivia) who brought such joy and laughter to her. She always loved spending the weekends with her grandkids and having them come visit her house in Ogden.

Wendy grew up in a small town named Magna, which is why she loved the small town atmosphere Ogden had to offer. As a little girl, she used to love spending time on the weekends going fishing and hiking with her grandma and grandpa Marlor. When her mother remarried, the family decided to move to a beautiful scenic home in Bountiful, Utah. She used to love looking out of her window and being able to see for miles across the great Salt Lake. She absolutely loved to write, spending lots of her time putting her thoughts into her journal. She had a lot of Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure You are loved beyond words & missed beyond measure! friends, many of which lasted a lifetime.

She attended Woods Cross High School and graduated class of 1980 and soon married her high school sweetheart Robert Murphy. The newlyweds had a very busy life and went on many adventures that Wendy loved to share with her family and friends. Parties and family get togethers is where Wendy shined brightest. She always had a warm vibe to her, always making people feel comfortable and safe. She loved to talk and also listen to anyone who was in need. She was a very spiritual person and always felt the most connected fishing high up in the mountains. Wendy had a special connection and love for animals and treated them kindly often taking in strays and seeing them through. She instilled this kindness in her children who all love animals and the joy they bring to lonely souls everywhere. Wendy's dogs gave her much comfort during difficult times with her health. Through the pain and the darkness she even managed to overcome and write down her hopes and dreams for her children to provide them comfort for when she moved on. Even in death, this wonderful person reaches out and touches hearts of all of those who knew her. Her legacy will be carried on in those hearts and we will miss her. There will never be another like her. We are lucky to of had her in our lives.

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Jan 28, 2021

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Salt lake City, Utah, United States


Ogden, Utah, United States

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In a Fathers Kingdom Their are Many Mansions, where you'll reside in Heaven! Your smile will always shine light through memories. Love you girl!

Christopher Lindsay , Salt Lake City, UT, US Feb 11, 2021

I will never forget all Wendy did for my aunt Jenny (her mother in law) when she quickly went downhill in the hospital. She got the right people involved and got her the care she needed that she lived another 5 years when we didn’t think she would make it through the weekend. She always included me whenever I was around. She has a sweet tender spirit.

Leah Mertens , Las Vegas , NV, US Feb 05, 2021

I have the best memories with you Aunt Wendy and Uncle Shaun as a child! I will miss and love you always! Please give Nana a big hug for me!!

Amber Johnston , Layton, UT, US Jan 30, 2021

I have many great memories of spending vacation time with my cousin Wendy when we were kids and teenagers. Although it had been decades since we’d seen each other, the last time I saw her I felt like we had never been apart. I’m looking forward to seeing her again.

Russell Eyre , Marysville , WA, US Jan 29, 2021