Florence L. Murphy

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DUXBURY - Florence L. Murphy, 95, a longtime resident and educator in Greenfield, Massachusetts, passed away in the comfort of her home and family in Duxbury, Vermont, on Wednesday morning, May 28, 2014. Born in Waterbury on June 29, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Robert J. and Mary Ann (Cavanaugh) O'Brien. On May 9, 1959, she married Burton E. Murphy in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Burton predeceased Florence on July 23, 1973.

Florence was a 1936 graduate of Rutland (Vermont) High School and continued her education, receiving her teaching certificate in 1939 from the former State Normal School in Castleton. An educator for several communities in Vermont, Florence furthered her education, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Castleton Teachers College in 1951 and her Master of Education from Springfield (Massachusetts) College in 1954.

Florence was employed in education in the greater Greenfield, Massachusetts, public school district, first as an elementary school teacher and then as a longtime principal, retiring in 1978 following a 39-year career. In 2005, Florence returned to central Vermont to be closer to family.

In her leisure time she enjoyed spending time at her Cape Cod beach home, tending to her canine best friends - her Scottish terriers - and took great pleasure in keeping her cookie jar filled with fresh Toll House cookies and seven-layer bars - treats her nieces, nephews and their friends looked forward to.

Florence is loved and mourned by her many nieces, nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her sisters, Ellen Harvey and Roberta LaCasse, and her brother, Robert O'Brien.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 109 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676 or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org). Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Published in Times Argus on May 30, 2014
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