WELLSVILLE - Mary Cecilia "Ceil" Murphy Newton, 92, passed away Wednesday (April 9, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.
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She was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Hornell, to Michael R. and Mary Elizabeth Lynch Murphy. On May 21, 1977, she married Leslie Clair "Jim" Newton, who predeceased her five years ago to the day, April 9, 2009.
Ceil was a former resident of Friendship who moved back to Wellsville. She graduated from Immaculate Conception School in 1938 and from Wellsville High School in 1940. In 1941, she graduated from Rochester Business School, and later she took courses at Alfred State College, BOCES and D'Youville College.
Ceil went to work at the Sinclair Refinery in 1941 and stayed there until 1946, when she went to work for Harris Supply Co. in Wellsville. In 1973, she went to work for the New York State DOT in the Friendship office, from where she retired in 1988.
Ceil was a devout Catholic who was baptized at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover; and received her first communion, was confirmed at and married at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. When Ceil moved to Friendship, she became a member of the Sacred Heart Church, and when it closed she moved her membership to Our Lady of Angels Church in Cuba. At the time of her passing, Ceil was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and had been a member of its Altar and Rosary Society since 1940.
Ceil will be remembered as a very strong and independent woman who was kind and soft-spoken.
Ceil is survived by several cousins and friends, as well as special friends and caregivers Glenn "Bill" and Marion Clark of Friendship and Lisa (John Walchli) Clark of Wellsville.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Monday (April 14, 2014), a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Memorials in Ceil's name may be made to either The Hart Comfort House or to Catholic Charities. To leave online condolences, visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
J W Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc
34 W State St
Wellsville, NY 14895
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 10, 2014