A native of Warrington, Pa., Ms. Murphy received a degree in biology from Boston College this past May and was studying at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond at the time of her death.
Friends and former roommates of Ms. Murphy recalled her as a loyal companion with a lively, sarcastic sense of humor, a love of cooking and a great appreciation for art and music.
"Emily did many things in her 22 years that most people haven't accomplished in a lifetime," said Michelle Marling '02. "She was full of life and completely independent. She knew who she was."
"Emily was a great friend," said Carole Simon '02, who described her as "extremely creative. She was a great artist, both in drawing and painting, as well as a musician."
Relatives and friends attended a memorial service for Ms. Murphy on Nov. 9 at Doylestown Presbyterian Church in Doylestown, Pa.
Ms. Murphy is survived by her parents, Robert and Sherrie Murphy, her brother Charles and sister Elizabeth.
The family requests that donations in Emily's memory be made to Friends of the Library Center, 150 S. Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. 18901, or to the Ark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, 107 Twining Bridge Road, Newtown, Pa. 18940.
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