Mrs. Corinne Broussard Murphey
Breaux Bridge – A religious funeral service will be held at a later date for Mrs. Corinne Broussard Murphey, 104, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 12:34 a.m. at Dauterive Hospital.
Mrs. Murphey was born to Simon Broussard and Constance Hardy in 1904 and was to remain the only daughter in a family of six sons. Mrs. Murphey’s memories began as a tot living on her great-grandmother’s plantation in Lafayette, the current site of the Cajundome and Cajun Field. Her father was the overseerer for a few years. She remembered living in the huge house with a big front porch and being carried around by the servants to see the chickens and the cows.
Life back in Breaux Bridge was equally as pleasant, but as the only girl with six brothers, she was often shooed away to play with her dolls. The family lived on farmland where Huval’s Insurance and Pizza Hut are located. She got around in a horse and buggy on dirt and gravel roads. Her teen-age years in Breaux Bridge were the best of times. Summer afternoons were spent visiting in the park. Sometimes they had their own entertainment. Corinne could play the ukelele, sing, and dance, and gracefully converse with people from all cultures and walks of life. She also was an accomplished pianist.
Over the years, Corinne traveled extensively and lived in various locations, but mostly in Breaux Bridge. She enjoyed being in various music clubs. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Canasta. She also was a member of garden clubs. She regularly attended meetings of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Home Demonstation Club.
The things most important to her were her rosary group, being a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and her family. She loved her son, Winn, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren were all graduates of LSU. She also attended LSU.
People often asked her secret to a long life. She replied, “Good genes.” Her grandfather lived to 94 and her maternal grandmother lived to 94. She said she never smoked, tried to eat good foods and keep away from rich foods – except ice cream.
She also included her wonderful neighbors. They enabled her to live a long, truly blessed life.
When she went to bed at night, she would pray to keep well, as she wanted to care for herself. She said living a long life is essential to living a good one.
Mrs. Murphey is survived by her loving son, Winn of New Iberia, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, plus a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Murphey was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Broussard of Breaux Bridge; her husband, John Smith Murphey of Fulton, Ky.; and her six brothers, Sam, Claude, Fernand, Whitney, Henry and Raoul.
Acadian Funeral Home of New Iberia wass in charge of the arrangements.