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Gloria Murphy

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(Courier News)

Gloria Murphy died at her home in Bridgewater on February 19, after a brief illness, surrounded by her five children and six grandchildren. Born Gloria Louise Hanners on May 27, 1924 in Verona, New Jersey, she attended the College of William and Mary and graduated from Northwestern University. She then worked for the Office of War Information and the United Nations in its formative years. After marrying Raymond Peters, she lived in Montclair for more than thirty years, active in Democrats for Good Government and the Junior League. She campaigned nationally for Adalai Stevenson before deciding to attend law school in 1962. With five children and a job evaluating restaurants for Mobil Travel Guide, Gloria Peters still graduated third in her class at Seton Hall Law School and was hired as only the second woman Assistant Prosecutor ever in the State of New Jersey. As Assistant Prosecutor for Essex County, she started one of the first rape prevention squads (SARA) in the nation and the first in the state, later founding Essex County's first child abuse unit as well. In this way, she was instrumental in the reeducation of law enforcement towards victims of crimes against women and children. Early in her career she met and married the love of her life, Paul T. Murphy, who became during their marriage a New Jersey State Judge. After her retirement, they moved to Bridgewater, where she became an active and respected member of the Bound Brook Garden Club.
Predeceased by her husband of thirty six years, she is survived by her children, Sara Stalman of Blue Hill, Maine, Joan Peters of Honolulu, Anne Stern (Chet) of Denver, William Peters (Shawna) of Denver, and Hilary Black (John) of Atlanta. She will also be dearly missed by her grandchildren Kate, Ellery, Hunter, Rachel, Julia, and Addex and twin girls coming in April. We love you so much Nana. You will be with us always.
An informal memorial gathering will be held at her home, 546 Berrywood Lane, Bridgewater today, Saturday, February 21 at 1 pm . In lieu of flowers Gloria would appreciate contributions to Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, 49 Barhma Ave., Bridgewater.NJ 08807.

Published in Courier News on Feb. 21, 2009
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