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Patricia Gill Murphy Dies at 92

The family is announcing the passing of Patricia Gill Murphy, 92, of St. Croix. Pat left this world peacefully and gracefully on May 4. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pat was born on July 2, 1920, in Pleasantville, N.Y. A graduate of Hunter College, with a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Multi-Cultural Education from the University of Connecticut, she was one of the V. I.’s more notable educators, authors, poets and historians. She lived a rich and a full life taking her from the United States to Peru, Canada, and finally her adopted home of 60 years on St. Croix.
Her most popular books are “Buddhoe,” “The Americans Came,” “Cape of Arrows” and “Pabi, Bigga and the Mongoose Monster.” She was a contributing writer to the Writers Circle’s most recently published book "Changing Times."
Pat is survived by her sons: Juan and Miguel Pardo de Zela, and Simon Shaubah; daughter, Elena Shaubah; daughters-in-law: Susan and Lucrecia Pardo de Zela, Oli Tini and Mona Lawaetz Doane; son-in-law, Kenneth Floyd; and special friend, Hayfa AbdulJaber, whom she loved as daughter; grandchildren: Sean, Tracy, Caitlin, Regan, Julian, Peter, Sarai, Pettra and Tamara Pardo de Zela, Eric and Paul Cusin, and Danielle Shaubah; great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Katrina and James Ian Clifford, Quinn, Georgia, Carson Lockwood, Reidyn, Atticus, Paxton, Cruz and Raya Pardo de Zela, Rasa Turner Cusin, Nainiu Ale Tinitali and Sina Ale Doce.
She is preceded in death by her sons: Peter and Paco Pardo de Zela.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to the University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Fund.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Germaine Owen and the nursing staff at the PCU of the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for the professional and loving care that they gave her.
Professional funeral services are entrusted to the James Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Located at 6AA La Grande Princesse, Telephone: 718-8663 Fax: 718-8661.

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The family is announcing the passing of Patricia Gill Murphy, 92, of St. Croix. Pat left this world peacefully and gracefully on May 4. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pat was born on July 2, 1920, in Pleasantville, N.Y. A graduate of Hunter College, with a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Multi-Cultural Education from the University of Connecticut, she was one of the V. I.’s more notable educators, authors, poets and historians. She lived a rich and a full life taking her from the United States to Peru, Canada, and finally her adopted home of 60 years on St. Croix.
Her most popular books are “Buddhoe,” “The Americans Came,” “Cape of Arrows” and “Pabi, Bigga and the Mongoose Monster.” She was a contributing writer to the Writers Circle’s most recently published book "Changing Times."
Pat is survived by her sons: Juan and Miguel Pardo de Zela, and Simon Shaubah; daughter, Elena Shaubah; daughters-in-law: Susan and Lucrecia Pardo de Zela, Oli Tini and Mona Lawaetz Doane; son-in-law, Kenneth Floyd; and special friend, Hayfa AbdulJaber, whom she loved as daughter; grandchildren: Sean, Tracy, Caitlin, Regan, Julian, Peter, Sarai, Pettra and Tamara Pardo de Zela, Eric and Paul Cusin, and Danielle Shaubah; great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Katrina and James Ian Clifford, Quinn, Georgia, Carson Lockwood, Reidyn, Atticus, Paxton, Cruz and Raya Pardo de Zela, Rasa Turner Cusin, Nainiu Ale Tinitali and Sina Ale Doce.
She is preceded in death by her sons: Peter and Paco Pardo de Zela.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to the University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Fund.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Germaine Owen and the nursing staff at the PCU of the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for the professional and loving care that they gave her.
Professional funeral services are entrusted to the James Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Located at 6AA La Grande Princesse, Telephone: 718-8663 Fax: 718-8661.