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.