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Eve Murphy, who raised 12 children, underscored by Neil Diamond tunes, dies at 87Eve Mary Epting Murphy, 87

Eve Mary Epting Murphy lived the life of a Loretta Lynn country song but for one thing: Neil Diamond would have to sing it. He was Murphy's favorite singer.

To capture Murphy's life in a pop tune, Diamond's composition would have to exude the joy of "Sweet Caroline" but carry some of the bittersweet lilt of "Song Sung Blue."

Murphy, like the parents in Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter," raised a large family -- 12 in all.

"The first birth was dangerous and she was warned not to h

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