"Life’s meant for fun" Lois Murphy Volunteer, Marchant Court
Lois Murphy has always enjoyed entertaining people and making them laugh. “Life’s meant for fun,” she says.
Lois would often be involved in comedy sketches with her husband, who was a singer with the Metropolitan Male Choir, and the pair could often be found entertaining people wherever they went. “I am a bit of an actress,” Lois says. “I am game to do anything for a joke!” While she was living in Port Pirie, Lois was working at the town’s hospital in the children’s ward and was studying a childcare course with her colleagues. The sister in charge wrote a book called ‘Pip the Penguin’ for one of their assignments and decided to bring the character to life for the hospital. Lois was only too happy to take up the role and ‘Pip the Penguin’ was born. In a thick and furry suit made of bedspread material, the ever playful Lois set out to entertain the children and became a bit of a local feature. “It was a great time in my life,” Lois says. “Good fun, but hot too!” They also used Pip to educate children about going to hospital to alleviate any fears they may have had. As people would come from other towns for treatment at the hospital in Port Pirie, Lois enjoyed a tour of several towns north of her home as Pip.
During her visit to one of the smaller towns she remembers walking down the main street making penguin noises and attracting a few laughs. “I like being silly,” Lois says.
Moving into ECH’s Marchant Court in Athelstone in 2001, Lois has kept up her love of life and laughter. “Life’s meant for fun!”