Annie Murphy

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WELLS RIVER - Annie (Carpenter) Murphy died on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She spent her final days there surrounded in the comfort of her family. She had recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, and was living independently in the home she and her late husband, Harland, had built in 1972 in Wells River.

Annie was born in Lanesboro, Vt., on March 14, 1921, the fifth of 15 children of Leon Carpenter and Edith Peabody. She grew up in Barre Town and attended grade school in Websterville. She graduated from Spaulding High School in 1939 and married Harland Murphy on Oct. 8 of that year. Harland's jobs took Annie and their family from Montpelier to Lynn, Mass., and to Hartford and Glastonbury, Conn., during the war years. After the war, the family returned to Barre, and remained there until 1952 when they moved to Wells River.

Annie lived a very busy life and was involved in many efforts to help others. She worked at the lunch counter at Thomas Pharmacy in Wells River when her children were in school. She was also a paid teacher's aide at Blue Mountain Union School for many years, and after that a volunteer aide. During that time, Annie was recognized as Vermont's school volunteer of the year. She was an active volunteer at St. Eugene Catholic Church for over 55 years, acting as custodian, treasurer and generally as the person in charge.

Annie was an excellent cook and was the hostess for annual family holiday gatherings at her home. She was a devoted Red Sox fan (her final hour spent watching the Sox triumph over the Yankees), and loved to play cards. An avid reader, Annie was intimately familiar with the latest acquisitions at the Baldwin Memorial Library and a frequent patron there. She was a devoted mother of four sons and one daughter, and will be greatly missed.

Annie is survived by sons Robert, of Barre (wife Lynda Marchand), Ronald, of Shaftsbury (wife Vicki Gustin), Gary, of South Ryegate, Dennis, of Peterborough, N.H. (wife Linda Erickson); daughter Janet Bryer, of Groton, Vt. (partner Christos Maninos); grandchildren Colleen Cournoyer (partner Tom Lensing), Maureen Murphy (husband Norm Landry), Shannon Murphy (partner Scott Stockwell), Ryan Murphy (wife Kelsey Soelberg), Christopher Murphy, Aeryc Murphy (wife Laura Averett), Gaelan Murphy, Jamie North, Michael North, Christopher Bryer (wife Elizabeth Steward), Justin Bryer; great-grandchildren Evan Cournoyer, Andrew Cournoyer, Adam Cournoyer, Justin Landry, Caitlin Landry and Jack Murphy Landry; sisters Edith "Tiny" Tousignant, Flora Carpenter, Yvonne Fortune; brothers Kenneth and Peter; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harland Murphy; sisters Katie Goulet, Virginia Carter; and brothers Leon "Buster," Herbert, Carlos, Arthur "Sonny," Richard, John and Bernard.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, N.H.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Eugene Church, 10 Center St., Wells River, Vt., with the Rev. Vincent Onunkwo as celebrant.

Burial will be held at a later date in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bath, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Annie's memory to the Baldwin Memorial Library, Main Street, Wells River, VT 05081.

Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Times Argus on Apr. 3, 2013