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Rita J. Murphy

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Anyone who knew Rita J. Murphy (nee Hutt) knows that she considered her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her 5 children, and 12 beautiful grandchildren. Rita met her late husband, William (Bill) P. Murphy, at a Quonset hut, when Bill took her hand to dance and never let go. They married on August 23, 1947 and together, they raised their family in Lexington, Massachusetts, in a Cape, that had a boys' room, a girls' room, and a sock drawer in the kitchen. Rita died peacefully, on June 5, 2013, at the age of 93. Rita was born in Quincy, MA and named after the musical "Rio Rita", which her parents, the late Lewis J. and Julia (Stratton) Hutt, had seen in New York City. A 1939 graduate of North Quincy High, Rita worked at Tubular, Rivet and Stud Co. during WW II. After she and Bill married, they moved several times, until in 1962 they settled their family in Lexington because it had such great public schools. When her children went off to college, she joined the Bank of Boston, and when she retired, she enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and friends. Rita Murphy was an old fashioned housewife, who stayed in the home, made dinners, made clothing and made it fun too. Always encouraging, she loved to give advice. Her favorite sayings included "This too shall pass," "If money is the problem, then you don't have a problem," and most importantly, "You can do anything, if you practice." When she was slowly going blind and got painful eye treatments, she bravely commented "if anyone thinks a shot in the eye will get me down, then they don't know me." When diagnosed with lung cancer, she did not flinch; she believed that God decided it was her turn to suffer, because she had been happier on earth than most people. She conjectured that this was also the reason that she had to lose so often at bingo. Growing older, Rita found pleasure in small things. She enjoyed the robins that visited her porch, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends at Country Club Heights in Woburn. As a true New Englander, Rita never had a lobster roll that she didn't like and was always awed by a glimpse of the ocean. Many things made Rita happy; but it was Rita who made herself happy throughout her life, cheerfully accepting any challenge that came her way and enjoying each day. Rita is survived by her children Sheila E. Dinsmoor, and her husband Theodore and their children, Alec and Patrick of Wellesley and West Yarmouth, MA; William A. Murphy, and his wife Sheila Tinn, and their children Jackie, Kelsey and Brendan, of Madison, CT; Mark L. Murphy, and his wife Shelley Peterson and their children Maya and Aryn, of Concord, MA; Terry M. Mallett, and her husband, Julian and their children, Henry and Mark of Alexandria, VA and South Yarmouth, MA; and Robert D. Murphy and his wife Melanie, and their children Courtney and her husband Anuj Bhatia, Jessica and Emma, of Westlake Village, CA. Rita was preceded in death by her dear siblings: Genevieve Hottleman Spanks, Lewis J. Hutt, George H. Hutt, Mary Schneiderhan, Julia R. Moore and William A. Hutt. Also, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Anne Hutt of Walpole, MA and by many devoted nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Services were held at Douglass Funeral Home and St Brigid's Church in Lexington, and burial was at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, MA.

Published in The Lexington Minuteman from June 8 to June 15, 2013
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