Helen (Stanton) Murphy

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Helen (Stanton) Murphy, formerly of Curwensville and Clearfield, passed away following a lengthy illness on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
Mrs. Murphy was born in Pottsville, the daughter of Jack Stanton and Florence (Murphy) Stanton.
She graduated in 1940 from Cass Township High School in Pottsville and in 1944 earned her RN degree from the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.
She was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in the US Army following her graduation from nursing school and attaining the rank of lieutenant. She was stationed at Camp Pickett, Va., where she met her husband, Dr. James H. Murphy. The couple married on June 14, 1945, at Camp Pickett, Va. At the end of the war, they moved first to Philadelphia and then to Dr. Murphy's hometown of Curwensville.
Mrs. Murphy enjoyed being a wife and mother; she also liked to play golf and to travel. She spent many summers at Chautauqua Lake, a place she loved. She was a former member of St. Timothy's Catholic Church, Curwensville and the Clearfield Curwensville Country Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Florence L'Estrange and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif. and Patricia Murphy and her husband, Blair Reese, of Curwensville; two sons, James D. and his wife, Bernadette, of Westmont, Ill. and Jamison L., a grandson whom Dr. and Mrs. Murphy adopted, and his wife, Maryeileen, of Fort Mill, S.C.; two grandchildren, Ellen L'Estrange Edwards of San Diego, Calif. and David L'Estrange and his wife, Aew, of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and five great-grandchildren, Ashley Gabrielson, Austin and Allison Edwards all of San Diego, Calif., Alex Murphy of Fort Mill, S.C. and Dominic L'Estrange of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, and from 9:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Curwensville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Curwensville, with the Rev. Fr. Mark Mastrian as celebrant. Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde. Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Clearfield VFW and American Legion Posts Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Christ the King Manor, PO Box 448, DuBois, PA 15801 or to the Penn Highlands-DuBois Hospice, PO Box 447, DuBois, PA 15801.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.beardsleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Curwensville
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Curwensville, PA 16833
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Published in The Courier Express from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2015
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