Jill Murphy Zeltt of Warrington, Pa. passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Monday, July 20, 2015. She was 47.
Jill is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Jeff; her two wonderful daughters, Carly and Amy; as well as her beloved new puppy, Zoe.
Born Feb. 16, 1968 in Sellersville, Pa., Jill is also survived by her loving mother, Helen Murphy Mayer, and by her beloved brother, Edward of Middletown, Pa., his wife, Donna, and their children, David and Sean.
David, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He maintains a clean bill of health thanks in part to the Four Diamonds Fund and its affiliation with Penn State’s Dance Marathon. Jill, who herself worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technician at Grandview Hospital, spent countless hours with her brother’s family, helping her nephew to a full recovery. Jill became an annual supporter of ‘Thon’ and a passionate advocate for the care and research this philanthropy provides. She expressed this altruistic spirit in many ways and nurtured her own daughters with a wonderful sense of humanitarianism.
The Zeltt residence provided shelter and foster care to a variety of rescued animals, many of whom became her family’s pets. Jill volunteered with several local animal welfare agencies and as her family mourns the sudden loss of their wife/mother, they have rescued and adopted Zoe, a six month old lab mix who might be actually rescuing them. Before Zoe arrived, the Zeltt family included her cherished greyhound, Fudgie, cats, and even several rabbits. It was at Jill’s insistence that Jeff agreed to shelter these desperate animals. For Carly and Amy, Jill’s devotion to rescued animals provided an opportunity to grow up in a home that was rarely lonesome and often delightful; a home where friends feel like family and photographs portray the memory of Jill’s enduring love.
Jill Murphy was an honors student at Central Bucks West in Doylestown and a stand-out lacrosse player. During the summer she shared her mother Helen’s love for the beach and visiting Ocean City, N.J. was a tradition that many generations of their family upheld.
After graduating from high school in 1986, Jill attended Bloomsburg University. Her eventual husband, Jeff, a graduate of Pennsbury High School and the College of William and Mary, escorted Jill as a blind date to one of her college formals. Jeff’s parents, Henry and Millie Zeltt, immediately adored Jill. The couple became engaged on a visit to Hawk Mountain and married Oct. 20, 1995 at The Joseph Ambler Inn.
Jill acquired employment from Grandview Hospital, where she’d been born, and Jeff was hired as a math teacher at Hatboro-Horsham High School. As a couple they traveled many places: Alaska, Cancun, Key West, and New Orleans to name a few, but the beach remained Jill’s favorite destination, each summer spending time with both sides of her loving family. Millie succumbed to cancer last year and was missed each day by Jill and so many others who remember her kindness and warmth.
Jill maintained friendships for years and consistently is described as a person who devoted herself to giving. She opened her home without reservation to everyone. Jill was a daughter, a sister, a student, an athlete, a camper, a healer, a neighbor, a rescuer, a jokester, a beach bum, a devoted and loving wife, and a reliable, understanding, flexible, and proud parent.
To honor Jill’s wishes, we used the services of The Pennsylvania Cremation Society. To celebrate Jill’s life and memory, we are going to hold a Celebration of Life party on Saturday, Aug. 29. Further details will be provided through social media.
If you’d like to honor Jill, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following: The Carly and Amy Zeltt Education Fund, TD Bank, 2050 Street Rd., Warrington, PA 18976 or submit it to any convenient TD Bank. (Please put name of ‘Carly Zeltt’ or ‘Amy Zeltt’ on check memo line) or Penn State Dance Marathon, Attn.: Finance, THON office, 210 HUB University Park, PA 16802. (Please put ‘College of IST #101’ on the check memo line).Print Obituary & Condolences