Lilian Helen ("LiLi") Page Stahler Murphy

Lilian Helen ("LiLi") Page Stahler Murphy passed away peacefully on July 12, 2020 at her beloved Red House in Wave land, Mississippi surrounded by her loving husband Donald Wray Murphy and devoted daughters Katherine Frellsen Young and Martha Young Curtis (Mark). LiLi was 80 years old.

LiLi was born on March 13, 1940 in New Orleans. She was predeceased by her parents, Alfred Frellsen Page, Jr. and Lilian Helen Walther Page, and her

husband George Stahler III. She was graduated from the Louise S. McGehee School and attended Newcomb College and Soule Business College. She had a great and varied working career, including starting her own specialty advertising business Favorites, Inc. LiLi lived for many years in Metairie, Louisiana and was an active member of many community and social organizations.

After her "retirement" to Waveland in 200 1, LiLi decided to contribute her time and talents to her adopted community after Hurricane Katrina. With no former political experience, LiLi ran for and was elected Alderman Ward 1 for the City of Waveland. She held this position for two terms during the Waveland post-Katrina rebuilding process. During this time, she obtained the highest certification as a Municipal Official from the Mississippi Municipal League. LiLi also was a member of the Women of the Storm group that traveled to Washington, D.C., post-Katrina to lobby for help with the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast.

LiLi was the founding force behind the Waveland Ground Zero Museum {"GZM") at the former Waveland Elementary School on Coleman A venue. The GZM is located in the oldest structure in Waveland between the railroad tracks and the Mississippi Sound to survive Hurricane Katrina.

The City of Waveland recently renamed the GZM in her honor as the "Lili Stahler-Murphy Ground Zero Museum." She was responsible for the GZM being one of the few museums in the country to be selected by the Smithsonian Institute to host an exhibit coming later this year.

LiLi was an active member of St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, having served as the Vice-President of its parish council and chairing its scholarship committee. 

LiLi is also survived by her granddaughters Katherine Elizabeth Page Curtis and Eleanor Helen Hortencia Curtis; her step-daughters Tonda Lynn Murphy, Elizabeth Stahler Breaux (Kevin), Gretchen Stahler Lasley (Brian), and Catherine Stahler Landry (Guy); her god-daughters Mary Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Fergusson and Marie Louise ("Lulie") Phillips; many step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren; and friends more numerous that can be counted, including the Swimming Women who have established a scholarship at St. Rose de Lima in her


A funeral mass will be held at St. Rose de Lima, 301 S. Necaise Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All Covid-19 governmental guidelines will be followed.

The family would like to especially thank Notre Dame Hospice and good friend Bernie Cullen for their excellent nursing care that allowed LiLi to remain happily in her home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lili Stabler-Murphy Ground Zero Museum or the LiLi Stahler Murphy Scholarship at St. Rose de Lima. Donations may be sent to Ms. Bernie Cullen, at 216 Jeff Davis Avenue, Waveland, MS 39576.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home  is in charge of the arrangements.

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