Brad Lapsley President of The Cemetery Association
Ann and Joy
Ann Sielert and
Joy Gough

Bogdan Family
The Bogdan Family
At the Marker

Daniel Stone
Cathy and Linda
At the Daniel Stone

Cemetery Road Sign Posted
Cemetery Road Sign Posted

The Bogdan Family Planting
The Bogdan Family Planting
History Blooms 2009

William Jowers Reading Bogdan Plaque
William Jowers Reading Bogdan
Plaque at the Dedication 2009

Willifords and Ptaks at the gate
Willifords and Ptaks at the gate
History Blooms 2009

Ron and Travis Unload Mulch
Ron and Travis Unload Mulch
History Blooms 2009
Chris and Daughter
Chris and Daughter Planting
for History Blooms 2009

Inez Daniel
Inez Daniel

City Manager James Fisher
City Manager
James Fisher

Jody, Suzanne and Mayor Baldwin
Jody, Suzanne, and
Mayor Baldwin

Council Member John Daughtery
Council Member
John Daughtery

Pat Williford
Pat Williford Planting
at History Blooms 2009

Two Murphy Families Make the Historical Marker Dedication and History Blooms in the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery a Wonderful Celebration

The Cemetery Association of Murphy, Inc. unveiled its newly acquired Historical Marker at the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery on Saturday, November 7th. The cemetery, abandoned many years ago, was acquired by the Cemetery Association of Murphy earlier this year. The earliest known burial is 1853 and the last burial was in 1966.

In attendance for the ceremony was the Bogdan family: Kent, Roxanne, Andrew, Blake and Carter. It was the donation from the Bogdan family that made possible the purchase of the Historical Marker from the State of Texas. State Representative Jodie Laubenberg and Collin County Commissioner Jerry Hoagland also attended the ceremony and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson sent a congratulatory letter to the Association which was read by Association Secretary, Ann Sielert. The City of Murphy was represented by City Manager James Fisher, Mayor Bret Baldwin, Council members John Daugherty and Roxanne Bogdan. The Murphy Chamber was represented by Jon Lashbrook and Rhonda Ptak.

Will Cottle, Association President, welcomed the 50+ guests at the cemetery; Pastor Don Cole, First Baptist Church Murphy, gave the invocation; Brad Lapsley, Past Chairman, told some of the history of the cemetery; Lolisa Laenger, Chairman of the Collin County Historical Commission and Murphy resident, talked about the significance of the Historical Marker; Don Sielert, Treasurer, reminded the audience that the Association depends on contributions to maintain the cemetery. William Jowers, Vice President, introduced the Bogdan family and invited Roxanne to "unveil" the marker.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Marcia Jowers introduced the Williford family that owns and operates Professional Landscaping. Ron and Pat Williford have been Murphy residents for 19 years. The company donated 100 bulbs and mulch for History Blooms in the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery portion of the day. This year's focus was to plant bulbs at the gravesites of infants and children. Many guests and members grabbed trowels and shovels and spent the next two hours preparing the cemetery for spring blooms.

cemetery Road Sign Posted Covered Historical Marker
Road Sign to Cemetery Posted and Covered Historical marker