Lena was born to the late Lester and Katie Murphy who resided in McBee, SC. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lester Murphy, Jr. and John Wesley Murphy. She was a longtime member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated for Mather Academy and Aerial trade School where she became a licensed cosmetologist.
Surviving are her son Greg Crosby (Dorice), daughter Katrina Crosby that came from the union of Lena and Bobby Crosby, grandchildren, Lamar Lyon (Tamara), Taryn Crosby, Aria Irvin (Anthony), Derell Lyon, Yansa Crosby, six great grandchildren; siblings, Helen Murphy, Rebecca Dixon, Rosetta Hargrove and Ann Simmons and a host of nieces, nephews. She had Clarine Pettus who was so special to her and she will be missed my many.