Ronda J. “Olinger” Murphy, 41, of Albertson, NC and formerly of Rensselear Falls, passed away unexpectedly at her home on December 30, 2011. A celebration of her life shall be held at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waddington at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday January 7, 2012 with a reception to follow.
She was born on November 15, 1970 in Ogdensburg, daughter of Ronald J. Olinger and Leona J. Olinger Graves. Ronda graduated from Hugh C. Williams High School Canton in 1988, and later from SUNY Canton with an Associate’s Degree and finally from SUNY Potsdam where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Following her formal education, she attended a school for the Blind in Boston to assist her in dealing with her vision problems caused by her lifelong struggle with diabetes.
Ronda leaves behind a loving husband, Jason Murphy of Albertson, NC; two step-children, Derrick and Dillon; a sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Lloyd Grandy of Waddington; a half-brother Ronald “Bo” Scott of Carrolltown, Tx; two nephews, Addison Grandy of Waddington and Jordon of Carrolltown, Tx; three nieces Olivia and Phebe Grandy of Waddington and Courtney Scott of Carrolltown, Tx; a step-father, Edmond Graves of Waddington; a maternal grandmother, Dorothy White of Madrid; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and her always devoted and ever present companion Shar.
Ronda was predeceased by her brother, George H. Olinger; her father Ronald J. Olinger; and her mother Leona J. Graves.
Ronda enjoyed her time with her animals and family. She was a devoted mother, aunt, and friend who gave tirelessly of her time and energy. Despite numerous medical issues that robbed her sight and required daily medication she never seemed to let anything get in her way. Whether volunteering time at church, planting her garden, tending to her animals or spending time with her family and friends everything received the same amazing focus and energy that made her the person who so many of us love and will miss dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to the American Diabetes Association be made in Ronda’s memory.