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Phyllis May Murphy (Quick)

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: March 15, 1954 (44)
Detroit, USA (Suuicide - gunshot to the head)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frederick Charles Quick and Jane "Janie" Quick
Wife of William Austin Murphy
Sister of Winifred Vera Van Tongerloo

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About Phyllis May Murphy

  • Name: Miss Phyllis May Quick
  • Born: Tuesday 27th July 1909
  • Age: 2 years
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 26360 , £26
  • Destination: Detroit Michigan United States
  • Rescued (boat 11)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Monday 15th March 1954

Miss Phyllis May Quick was born in Plymouth, Devon on 27 July 1909, the daughter of Mr Frederick Charles Quick (Plasterer) and Jane Quick and sister to Winifred Vera Quick. The family had emigrated to Detroit in about 1910 and she returned to Plymouth with her mother and sister early in 1912 for a visit to her mother's family. Their return to America was as second class passengers on the Titanic.

The family were rescued in lifeboat 11.

On leaving school she worked for a telephone company until her marriage to William Austin Murphy (born March 10, 1906, died July 11, 1989), they had 4 children and for 40 years lived at 3009 Marlborough Street, Detroit. Sadly Phyllis took her own life (gunshot wound to the head) on 15 March 1954 aged 45, at her home in Detroit. She was interred in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit on 18 March 1954.


  • Steve Coombes, UK
  • Chris Dohany, USA
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Brian Ticehurst, UK

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mrs Jane Quick
  • Miss Winifred Vera Quick

Phyllis Jane Quick Three-year-old Phyllis Jane Quick arrived home in Detroit after surviving the sinking of the Titanic in Lifeboat 11 with her mother, Jane. Jane Quick went on to travel the country and tell audiences of her and her children’s experiences aboard the Titanic. Phyllis grew up and went to work for the phone company. She married, had four children, and lived in the same place for 40 years. On March 15, 1954, at the age of 45, she shot herself in the head.

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Phyllis May Murphy's Timeline

July 27, 1909
Plymouth, Devon, England
March 15, 1954
Age 44