was born on December 14, 1957, in Cortland, Alabama to Arthur and Callie Mae Johnson. Wanda being the fourth child in family of four sisters and four brothers. Wanda’s early education began at Cortland Elementary School. In 1965 the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts settling in the Roxbury community Her ;rst job was with the Visiting Nurses’ Services of Boston. She attended and was baptized at Timothy Baptist under the leadership of Pastor Green.
Wanda Faye met and married the “love of her life”, Michael Murphy; to their union three sons were born, Angelo “Duba”, Maurice “Muff” and Naurice “Chunky”. Wanda cherished and loved dearly her sons – they were her three Kings and their children (grandchildren) as well as their children (great grandchildren – she was “great granma”) became the joys of her life. She so enjoyed spending time with family, the Friday night game nights at her siter Mahalia’s or Barbra’s – she wouldn’t play, but she was always entertaining, joking and dancing. Her annual trips to Alabama were very joyous times for her. She would talk about her trips for weeks after returning. When the 3rd of the month came (check date), she would say,” I’m going to my arithmetic class, and my teacher doesn’t like me to be late.
Faye was a very likeable and helpful person with the greatest sense of humor and personality plus. She was not one to “bite her tongue” – if you asked her opinion, you got it whether you liked what she told you or not! She was a great painter and was exceptionally gifted at Arts & Crafts
Faye had a love for fashion, always coordinating her out;ts from head to toe. She had her own style and she “worked it” with bright colors! She enjoyed decorating her home for whatever holiday was next. Her favorite music artist was James Brow, she loved his music and had the smooth dance moves to match. At any party she would be the ;rst one on the dance floor.
She had lots of sayings to tell you if ask what’s wrong Faye, she’d reply, “I feel like a wet dollar bill”; or her favorite one, “Won’t nothing in the drugstore mess you up quicker than I will, and they got some powerful stuff in there!” When she was home she was always on the phone with her favorite big brother from Chicago, or she’d be on the phone with Deshawn talking about the stores the were going too, or her favorite restaurant – Texas Roadhouse; or she was calling Tasha or Wendy about “Wally World” (Walmart).
Faye will be missed by all of the family members, and especially her favorite niece- Tasha. Who was faithful about going to get her and would get mad if she didn’t have her favorite peppermint or banana laffy-taffy candy. She knew that Tasha had something for her, either crazy colored socks, or a funny looking hat. She loved and cherished anything you gave her.
On September 6, 2023 with loved ones around her bedside, God gently touched Wanda Faye Murphy and she entered eternal rest—no more pain, no more suffering. She is preceded in death by her parents— Arthur and Callie Mae Johnson; sister—Sharron (Gilbert) Edwards and Mary Catherine; and brother—Reginald Johnson along with other loved ones too numerous to name.
Those remaining to cherish precious memories and who will miss her dearly:
Sons: Angelo (Josephine), Maurice (Shanna) and Naurice (Jada); Grandchildren: Najia, angelique, Ambria, Mica and Malani;
Great Grandchildren: Nylei and Rhemex; Siiblings: Willie Edward Johnson of Chicago, IL, Otis (Carol), Mahalia (Steve, Sr.) Martin, Barbara Steele and Marcus Johnson all of Boston, MA and Sister in Alabama—Pamela McCoy, Gwenda (Will) Wiggins, Pamela Hood, Jacqueline Freeman and Theresa Wood along with devoted Sister-in-law—Carolyn Smith.
A host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; cousins; friends and her dedicated friend— Wendy (Lynn) Branch.
We all extend her a farewell for now. We commit her to our Heavenly Father. Rest in Jesus.