Noressa Kay Murphy (1949 - 2018)

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NSMETHPORT, Pa. - Noressa Kay Murphy, 68, of Smethport, passed away Monday (April 16, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born Dec. 30, 1949 in Olean, N.Y., a daughter of Robert F. and Geraldine Watson Rote. On Jan. 26, 1973, in Farmers Valley, she married Thomas Pascal Murphy, who survives.

Mrs. Murphy was a 1967 graduate of Smethport Area High School, and attended Olean Business Institute. She was ultimately a homemaker, tending to the needs of her family.

Noressa loved to play the piano. She was amazing in her role as "Nana" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband were "Friends of Gettysburg" for many years. She was a member of the East Smethport United Christian Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Colleen Katina (Bill) Wilber of Smethport, Heather Nicole (Steve) Kight of Smyrna, Ga., Danielle Kaye Murphy of North Tonawanda, N.Y. and Kathleen Elizabeth Moran of Ridgway; one son, Thomas Pascal (Amy) Murphy Jr. of Port Allegany; thirteen grandchildren, Jordan, Julie, Dustin, Katelyn, Cameron, Brayden, Nathan, Laurie, Caleb, Marcus, Grant, Emily and Dylan; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Melvin Greer (Catherine) Rote of Erie; and several nieces and nephews.

Noressa was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 12, 2018, from the East Smethport United Christian Church, with the Rev. Allen Young, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.

Memorials may be made to the East Smethport United Christian Church, East Smethport. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 19, 2018