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Paula Keating Murphy

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Paula Keating Murphy, 75, died peacefully at home at 66 Northwest Hill Rd. Williamstown, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. She was born on Sept. 25, 1931, in Quincy, daughter of Walter and Mary (Twomey) Keating.

She was a 1949 graduate of Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Brighton and earned her bachelor of science degree from University of Massachusetts in 1953. Paula married Jack Murphy in 1953 and raised six children while residing in various locations throughout the east coast.

Paula loved books and reading and this love inspired much of what she accomplished during her life. Paula co-founded the Paperback Exchange in Essex Junction, Vt. She opened a second store in Bennington, Vt., shortly after she and her late husband moved to Williamstown in April 1983. Paula coordinated the first literacy program at the Williamstown Library. She later tutored children and adults in English as a Second Language. Paula also volunteered at Recording for the Blind.

Paula loved being physically active; favorite pursuits included paddle tennis, downhill skiing, bowling, and golf. A member of the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, it was at Bonita Fairways in Florida that Paula made her hole-in-one.

Paula was a communicant of St’s. Patrick & Raphael parish, Williamstown. where she served on the parish council and as a church greeter.

Paula’s husband, Jack, died in July 1985. She is survived by her six children, Kerry Studwell of Georgetown, Texas, Timothy Murphy of Philadelphia, Pa.; Christine Sumner of Colchester, Vt., Ellen Murphy of Westford, Clare Olesen of Unionville, Conn., and Thomas Murphy of Tinton Fall, N.J. She also leaves two brothers, Geoffrey Keating and Brian Keating. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward Keating and Gregory Keating and two sisters, Maura Conley and Lee Roach. Paula is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Paula Keating Murphy will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Williamstown. Burial will take place at a later date in the Keating family plot at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to7 p.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial donations are suggested for the VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire 535 Curran Highway, North Adams, MA, 01247 or to St. Patrick’s Church, 53 Southworth St. Williamstown, MA or through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 21, 2006
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