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Alice Doran Murphy

January 25, 2014

Alice Doran Murphy, 99, formerly of Branchdale, passed away Saturday afternoon at ManorCare, Pottsville.

Born in Branchdale, April 24, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie Quinn Doran. Alice was a graduate of the former Reilly Township High School.

She was employed for many years at the Honey Bee Blouse factory, Branchdale, where she was also active in the ILGWU. In later years Alice was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital, making visitors welcome with her warm smile and helpful demeanor. She was a life member in county Volunteers (VISION) R.S.V.P. where, through her efforts, care was given to several elderly neighbors with financial matters, picking up prescriptions and delivering to these neighbors.

Alice was a member of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish and a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville. She was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, having served for many years as division president. She was chosen to be grand marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pottsville in 1980 and in 1987, and Alice was honored as Hibernian of the Year. She was awarded the Anna Malia Ruddy Award by the State Board of the LAOH for outstanding achievement in promoting Irish culture and community involvement. She was instrumental in bringing Irish dancing to the county (Ceili dancing). Alice was also honored with National and State Life memberships by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. She was well known as a faithful worker and fundraiser for her division and state.

Alice was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Pottsville, and the Booster Club as well as the Leisure Club, both of Branchdale.

Alice loved traveling throughout the United States and visited Ireland several times, Hawaii and various ports of call in the Caribbean. Some of the more memorable travels were to Wildwood, N.J., with her extended family every summer. While a member of the LAOH, she also traveled throughout the U.S. to attend National Conventions, visiting New Orleans, Louisville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Miami. While president of the Pottsville Division, she travelled extensively throughout Pennsylvania to attend State Conventions.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Thomas Murphy; two sons, Thomas and Joseph; a daughter, Marjorie Murphy; grandsons, Mark Degler and Frank Evitts Jr.; brothers, (Rev.) Thomas, (Rev.) Joseph, Francis, John, Robert and Edward; sisters, Mary Doran, Sister Joseph Ellen and Marjorie Purcell; also a former daughter-in-law, Lorraine Dimon.

Surviving are four daughters, Alice Henry, Schuylkill Haven, Mary Ellen, wife of Spanky Degler, Shoemakersville, Frances (Cookie), wife of Patrick Gibbons, and Patricia Evitts, both of Orwigsburg; grandchildren, Kathleen Henry, Patricia Ross, Lori Hand, Susan Bender, Connie Showalter, Kevin Evitts, Chris Evitts, Robert Dukmen, Jill Schaeffer, Tammi Sukeena, Denise Barton, Rene Renninger, Paul Dimon and Cheryl Dimon; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce St., Minersville. Interment will be in St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery, Llewellyn. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances of Alice in the form of contributions to St. Matthew Church Memorial Fund. Contributions will also be accepted at the funeral home.

Published in Republican & Herald from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2014
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