Joan Taylor Dunphy

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Joan Taylor Dunphy passed away peacefully on January 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Joan was born in Burlington, Vermont, on September 2, 1929, and was raised in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Joan was graduated from the Park School, Beaver Country Day School and Bradford Junior College. She made her debut in 1945 and was a member of The Vincent Club and the Junior League of Boston.

In her adult life Joan was active in various volunteer organizations including Adult Literacy, Health Adventure, SERVE, Meals on Wheels, Women for Justice, the Assistance League and the Saint Vincent de Paul Societies of Sacred Heart Church in Conroe and Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Plantersville.

All her life Joan was active in sports. She played field hockey in school, was a competitive tennis player at the Nottingham Oaks Club, and an enthusiastic golfer at Pine Forest Country Club, April Sound Country Club and The Club at Yarmouth Port. Her summers were spent on her beloved Cape Cod where she was a trophy-winning sailor as a girl and a spirited sailor the rest of her life. She was an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and the LSU football team.

Joan was a particularly warm and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She loved to entertain and was noted for her skills as a gracious hostess. Joan adored her dogs over the years and was especially fond of her current pup, Terry. Joan was a major presence in the lives of many people and will be sorely missed.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and George Shepley of Chestnut Hill and Bass River, Massachusetts. She is survived by her college sweetheart and loving husband of 58 years, Robert Francis Dunphy; her devoted three sons: Robert Francis (Bo) Dunphy Jr. and his wife Deborah Ann, Brian Taylor Dunphy and his wife Sally Engemoen, and Scott Richardson Dunphy and his wife Lynn Rothermel; her grandchildren: Captain Robert Francis Dunphy III and his wife Amy Elizabeth, Laura Anne Dunphy, Caitlin Anise Dunphy, Taylor Richardson Dunphy and Katherine Elizabeth Dunphy; her great grandson, Conner James Dunphy; and her sister, Nancy Howes Stewart.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 8227 County Road 205, Plantersville, Texas, 77363 at 10:30 am on Saturday, the 4th of February, with Father Ed Kucera officiating. Immediately following, all are invited to a reception at St. Mary's Parish Hall. A memorial celebration of Joan's life will also be held this summer in Bass River, at a date and time yet to be decided. Interment at the Quaker Burial Ground in Bass River will follow.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Joan's memory may make donations to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at either Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Plantersville or Sacred Heart Church in Conroe.

Published on from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12, 2012