East Ridge Elementary School Principal Stacy Murphy passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 21 after more than a year-long battle with cancer. She was 48.
"Stacy Murphy had a smile that could light the world. She was a wonderful person who served her family, her school and her community with grace and humility. We will miss her dearly," said Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Kathleen Poole.
Principal Murphy loved East Ridge Elementary School. She was known as a fair-minded leader who was focused on students. Under her leadership, East Ridge earned a Washington Achievement Award for overall excellence in both 2009 and 2010.
She was skilled at dveloping collaborative relationships with staff members and families.
The following is a message posted by her family on her Caring Bridge Web page:
We want to thank you for all of your support this last year and a half. Your love and prayers through this tough time have been so heartwarming.
We want to let you know that Stacy is resting peacefully now with God. She passed away on the evening of February 21, 2011. She was surrounded by her loving family and we were happy she was no longer in pain. Please keep praying for us and all whose lives she touched.
She was a remarkably strong woman, and an even better mother and wife. A special memorial service for families and the school community is being planned and we will share more as information is received. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Richard Ito will continue to serve as interim principal through the remainder of the school year.
Ed. Note:The Woodinville Weekly is rerunning the obituary for Stacy Murphy because of an error in last week’s paper. We do apologize for the mistake.