Sister Phyllis McMurray


Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB, 70, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary Monastery Chapel.  Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will held at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West, Rock Island, IL 61201.   Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan is assisting with arrangements.

Phyllis McMurray was born February 13, 1943 in Peoria, a daughter of Mitchell and Victoria Moses McMurray.  She attended St. Patrick School and the Academy of Our Lady, both of Peoria.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.

Sister Phyllis entered the Benedictine Community on September 13, 1961 and made her first profession as a Benedictine Sister on June 15, 1963.  Her ministry included teaching school at St. Anthony School, Atkinson, Ill., St. John School, Bradford, Ill., St. Roch School, LaSalle, Ill., and Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth, Ill.  Sister Phyllis also served as math teacher and resident advisor at St. Mary Academy, Nauvoo, Ill., director of St. Mary Academy, Nauvoo, vocation director and communications coordinator for St. Mary Monastery, Nauvoo and most recently served as Prioress at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island from 2004 to 2012.


She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters; sisters, Judy (Pete) Schlicksup and Lynn Montei; and brother, Joe McMurray.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Thomas and Ronald.

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