The world was forever changed on July 9, 1963, when Kristina Ann (Humphreys) Smith Murphy was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and once again when she was called home to be with Jesus on June 19, 2020, in Blacksburg.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Crawford, and her beloved chocolate lab, Choco. She is survived by her mother, Tania and her father, Bob (Genny); her children, Matthew (Ashley), Jennifer (Drew), Taylor (Andrea), Justin (Mary), Logan, and Nicole; her grandchildren, Savannah, Summer, Sawyer, Sophia, Abby, Kylee, Morgan, Taylor Lynn, Natalie, and Violet; her sister, Kari, and her brother, Scott; and her nieces, Tori, Kaya and Brylee, and her constant companion and fur baby Zeus, as well as countless other family and friends.
Kris spent much of her life in Blacksburg and was a Hokie through and through. If it was a Saturday in the fall, you could be sure to find her tailgating before (and during and after) football games and cheering for her team, surrounded by friends and family. She truly never met a stranger and had a wonderful community of friends who were intentional about meeting up for happy hour. Throughout her life, Kris collected strays and people who just needed some love, and took them under her wing, no questions asked. She was a fighter until the very end, but even more than that, she was a lover.
Kris was a faithful and devoted member of Blue Ridge Church in Christiansburg for many years. She was vivacious, shameless, and lived life on the wild side, but she also loved Jesus with her whole heart and was proud to share His love with everyone she met. Family meant everything to her, and that spanned both biological family and chosen family. Our lives are all richer for having known Kris.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m., at Blue Ridge Church, located at 1655 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA, 24073. The family requests that guests please refrain from wearing black, and wear Virginia Tech attire. Please be advised that we will be encouraging social distancing. Flowers may be delivered to Blue Ridge Church. We are looking forward to celebrating Kris’s life with all who are able to attend.