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Mildred Murphy

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Murphy, Mildred
Mildred "Millie" Murphy, 80, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, February 16. Millie enjoyed 40 years as a successful realtor in the Greenwich area operating her own firm, Millie Murphy Realtor. Millie leaves a daughter, Terry (Deb) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kathleen (Steve) Degrenier of Sarasota, Florida, and a son, Patrick of Amherst, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by her former husband, Pat Murphy of Bradenton, Florida; two grandsons, Alex and Andre DeGrenier of Sarasota, Florida; half-sister, Jean Claassens of Sonoma, California; an uncle, George Baptiste of San Leandro, California; and cousins in California and Sweden. Millie was born on October 8, 1932 in Shanghai, China to a Portuguese mother, Olga Blackmon and an American father, Clifford Blackmon. In 1948, with the communist takeover of China, Millie's family had to flee and she was sent to live with her father in Southern California. She made the trip alone as a 16-year-old on the U.S.S. Repose, a navy hospital ship bound for San Diego with 300 Americans who were fleeing their foreign home. Millie thought the trip a grand adventure. After high school, she moved to Washington D.C. enjoying working as a secretary for various embassies and U.S. News and World Report.. There, she met Pat Murphy, whose nonprofit work took him to Africa. Millie set up house in Accra, Ghana and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, raising the couple's two young daughters and engaging in cooperative projects with both the African and expatriate community during the exciting era when many African countries were gaining their independence. After five years, Pat's work took the family back to the U.S. and they lived in Washington, D.C. and then in Greenwich, which Millie loved and called home for nearly fifty years. In addition to her passion for the real estate business, Millie loved summers at Greenwich Point; finding everything from the world in the restaurants and shops of Greenwich; and trips to New York for shopping, a great meal, and a Broadway show. Arrangements are being handled by Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home of Greenwich. The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. Contributions in Millie's memory may be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, One East Wacker Drive, Suite 2810 Chicago, Illinois 60601.

Published in GreenwichTime on Feb. 26, 2013