September 14th, 2008

bring wine for the women who made the rain come

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 11, 2008 – U.S. Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter is saddened to announce the death of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy, 71, who was found in her home in Belize on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. The cause of death is yet to be determined.



“Our entire Peace Corps family is saddened by the loss of such a devoted and energetic Volunteer who made a lasting impact on the lives of the Belizean people,” said Director Tschetter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bertie’s friends and family during this very difficult time.”

Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service.
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I think I'm still kinda in shock about all this. I'm not used to experiencing death so far away from my family.
I send all my prayers and sympathy to her family, her daughter Laura, whom Bertie could never stop talking about.
It turns out that Bertie died naturally, in her bed on a beautiful Hopkins beach. She had accomplished so much in one short year, and touched so many lives.
Love you, Bertie.