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MURPHY, Barbara Anne (Mullen) Formerly from Milton, died after a six-year battle with cancer at her home in Bellingham, Wash., on December 3, 2013 at the age of 61. Barbara graduated from Fontbonne Academy (1969), Regis College (1973) where she majored in art and earned her masters degree from Lesley College in Art Therapy in 1979. She lived in the Miami, Fla. area from 1981 to 1993, after which she moved to Bellingham with her husband, Tom, to raise their daughter, Caitlin. Her passion for the fine arts and their impact on the lives of others evolved into her becoming an acclaimed interior designer in Bellingham, Wash. where she founded, Murphy Interiors. She developed a unique casual, airy Cape Cod style that she introduced to the northwest, where it was embraced by her residential and commercial clients, alike. An avid runner, Barbara participated in many full and half-marathons including Boston and New York. Her commitment to running and a healthy lifestyle translated into a lifelong pursuit of achieving optimum personal fitness. She leaves her husband, Tom, a daughter, Caitlin & son-in-law, Justin Reed of Seattle, Wash., her mother, Mary B. (Geary) Mullen, of East Dennis, MA, her sisters, Marianne T. Kelly of Hingham, Jayne Mullen-Sampson of East Dennis, Johanne Connors of Plymouth, a brother, Barry of Lincroft, NJ and her late father, John Robert (Bob) Mullen (retired BFD) of Milton as well as many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Profile: Genetic Analysis Research Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift in memory of Barbara A. (Mullen) Murphy to support one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of patient-based cancer genetics in the world, a critical component of the drive towards personalized medicine. A prayer service and reception will be held for Barbara on December 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at 39 Oliver Drive in East Dennis (Cape Cod), a family home that is a showcase of Barbaras interior design talent, where she spent many months over the six-year period, rehabilitating from her cancer treatments and surgeries. A memorial mass will be held for Barbara and the 5th anniversary of her fathers death on April 4th at 11a.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster, Mass. For expressions of sympathy, please visit www.oconnorandson.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 8, 2013
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