Anne Marie Murphy
Murphy, Anne Marie
Anne Marie Murphy, 52, a 14 year resident of Sandy Hook, CT formerly of Katonah, NY died Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook School Tragedy. She was born July 25, 1960 in Mount Kisco, NY, the daughter of Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah and graduated from St. Mary's School in Katonah, John F. Kennedy H.S. in Somers, NY and Southern CT State University with an MS degree in Education. Anne was employed by the Newtown Board of Education as a Teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. She will be remembered for her love of the Arts, walks in the outdoors and most importantly: her family. Anne is survived by her devoted husband, Michael, her loving children: Kelly, Colleen, Paige and Thomas, her beloved parents: Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah and dear siblings: Mary Pat of Ridgefield, CT, Alice of Newtown and Catherine of Katonah, and Hugh of Pawling, NY, Dr. Thomas of Somers and Peter of Troy, NY.
The family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home 4 Woods Bridge Rd, Katonah, NY on Wednesday, December 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am on Thursday, December 20 at St. Mary Of The Assumption R C Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah, NY
Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Somers
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540,

Published by Danbury News Times on Dec. 18, 2012.
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Ditt mod har inspirerat en hel värld. Du var en hjälte, må vi alla bli som du var. Vila i frid!
Sandra J
April 12, 2021
We sill remember your courage and love - always.
Nicholas Paul Abbagliato
April 9, 2021
To the Murphy family,
Im terribly sorry for your loss. The pain of it can never go away.
Dec. 14, 2012 will be remembered as a somber day for the people of Newtown, CT. But do what you can to move forward.
Alex Lai
June 26, 2019
December 6, 2017
Valenda Newell
June 20, 2017
Anne may you rest in gods loving arms forever.
May 1, 2017
You are an inspiration
Tracey Braithwaite
August 21, 2016
December 18, 2015
December 13, 2015
love jimmy
November 19, 2015
a candle for anne marie
August 7, 2015
Wishing you a happy birthday tomorrow Anne Marie.
July 24, 2015
happy valentines day
February 12, 2015
In Remembrance of the 26 lives lost Prayers for Peace
now and forever.
January 19, 2015
two years anne ,be thinking of twenty six this sunday ,love jimmy
December 10, 2014
happy thanksgiving,jimmy
November 21, 2014
Praying for the family of Anne Marie Murphy today. May you have comfort, peace, joy and are able to move forward. She was a true hero, selfless in shielding those children. My heart hurts for you today.
Colette E.
November 5, 2014
Happy Birthday Anne Marie! God bless your family.
July 25, 2014
June 28, 2014
prayers are with the family that day dident need to take place that was a brave thing she did she sounded like a careing teacher that was a true hero
marcia clement
May 1, 2014
love jimmy
April 19, 2014
Let There Be Peace On Earth !!!

God Bless America and All of ' Her ' Little Children!!!
January 6, 2014
Bella B
January 1, 2014
Bella B
December 25, 2013
For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones (Hebrews 6:10). Anne will never be forgotten for all the work she did for her community and especially those sweat little ones in her care. May God continue to strengthen your family in these “times hard to deal” (2Tim 3:1) with, especially without a beloved one such as Anne Marie Murphy.
December 14, 2013
bella b
December 14, 2013

In Loving Memory of Anne Marie Murphy

Anne Marie Murphy's life is one to celebrate
Striving to protect her students from harm she didn't hesitate.

Being a brave soul as one of her children died in her arms
So diligently she tried to protect him from harm.

Sadly, her efforts were to no avail
As the evil one stormed in and prevailed.

So she left this earth where evil abounds
And into Jesus' arms where safety was found.

As Anne stepped through the heavenly gate
She paused a moment to meditate.

Oh, but she was in awe when she saw the beautiful outdoors
The walks she can take made her spirits soar.

And as she looked up she saw the purple and white balloons
Realizing immediately that her Sandy Hook family was in tune.

Your loving Anne is happy but grieve her family must
God knows best and in Him have trust.

And know that it's okay to show anger and shed a river of tears
It helps cope with the loneliness and fears.

But get down upon your knees to God and say
"Thank you sweet Jesus, 'ere the time be so short, for sending her my way."

December 14, 2013

Donna S. Branson
613 Rebel Ridge Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23834
Donna Branson
December 14, 2013
Still a day does not pass I don't think of this awful day with such sadness. May your family get peace and comfort today and every day.
K Imbimbo
December 14, 2013
my prayers are with your family today.1 year ago today you became a angel,
bella b
December 14, 2013
May your light shine upon your family and those you love. On this anniversary of that tragic day, you are in my prayers and always will be. Please know that you will never be forgotten.
December 14, 2013
Remembering beautiful Anne Marie and keeping her and the Murphy family in my heart and in my prayers today and every day. Love always wins.
Mary Kinsley
December 14, 2013
God bless your and your family. Our hearts are with you all.
D See
December 13, 2013
happy turkey day in heaven mary.may our father in heaven bring the murphy family and frinds comfort.this holiday season.may he bring you comfort on the 14th the day that mary a hero became an angel. god bless you all.
bella b
November 26, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without Anne Marie , but God can give you all the strength you need to carry you through. He is aware of your pain and whatever you are going through emotionally. .. let him help you he knows what you need. (Jeremiah 29:12) . . .And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU. . .
November 25, 2013
Soon almost one year ago our nation witnessed one of its darkest days.
We will never forget Anne Marie's heroism in trying to save those kids.
We are so sorry for your family's loss and you all have been in our thoughts and prayers every single day.
Meredith Chermansky
November 5, 2013
bellla b
September 27, 2013
Mrs.Anne Im Very Sorry That You Passed That Way.. And When I Read That Dylan Died In our Hands. That Must Been Really Hard But You Are In A Better Place Now ..
September 25, 2013
August 3, 2013
I just had the pleasure of meeting Hugh & Alice on Nantucket. Please know my day is dedicated to her memory ~ May God Bless, Kevin W. Lundy
Kevin Lundy
August 2, 2013
happy birthday anne marie. god bless you.
July 26, 2013
anne i am wishing you a happy birthday sorry about all this, you was as brave as any one could be. i will be thinking of you and your family today,love jimmy
james havens
July 25, 2013
June 15, 2013
June 15, 2013
We will not forget
June 14, 2013
To the family of Anne Marie, I am so very, very grateful for her actions. I am the mother of a 12 year old daughter with Down's Syndrome and Autism. Even though we were far away from the dangers in Newtown on that horrible day, it means so much to me that this woman was willing to sacrifice her own life for the safety of those most innocent. I imagine my own daughter in that situation, and it would bring me great comfort knowing that loving arms were wrapped around my child when she needed me and I couldn't be there. May God hold you now in His perfect peace.
Mary Jensen
April 19, 2013
April 5, 2013
It has been more than two months since the tragic loss. My prayer is that you continue to heal; let yourself grieve by talking to family and friends. Talking about your feelings to a “true companion” who will listen empathetically can bring a relief. (Proverbs 17:17) Writing your feelings or your memories of dear Anne Marie can be soothing to the soul. We all grieve differently – at our on pace and in our own way. May you continue to find comfort from those with kindred spirit as we await God's wonderful promises for tomorrow!
March 30, 2013
March 13, 2013
anne i have made a cairn,and i have put a rock on it as a memorial to you ,love jimmy
james havens
March 8, 2013
My DEAREST Mrs. Murphy, you ARE AND SHALL EVER BE MY HERO! If I am EVER in your situation, I TRULY HOPE that I respond as you did on December 14, 2012. You BRAVELY tried to shield your students from gunfire! You are now a Guardian Angel to ALL the precious babies called Home that day along with your fellow colleagues who are ALSO Guardian Angels! You are a CONSUMMATE EDUCATOR in ALL TRUE SESNSES of the WORDS! You are now teaching Heavenly Art and taking walks in a MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE! May God continue comforting ALL your family and friends until they join you in Heaven one day! I SHALL NEVER FOREGET YOU!

With deepest sympathy NOW AND FOREVER,
Lisa Swanzy
February 27, 2013
Just wanted to say your family is still in my prayers. God bless you all.
Cynthia Lavender, Greensboro Alabama
February 26, 2013
Love to Anne's family and friends.
February 10, 2013
God bless you Anne Marie for your heroism on that tragic day. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices you have made.
February 8, 2013
Anne Marie, You were a truly a hero putting yourself in harms way before the children. May God give you strong angel wings to shelter the children for all eternity. To the family, you should be proud to have had such an amazing person in your lives. I still think of all of you every day and will for a very long time. May God be with all of you and keep you strong and safe.
Marc Cormier
February 1, 2013
I will pray every day for your family's loss of Anne Marie. God bless you as you grieve this significant loss. He will put you in perfect peace eventually. I will pray in the meantime.
Ellen Robinson
January 30, 2013
You were a great and brave women,You protected a beautiful little boy,You will never be forgetten,You are a strong soul,Ill always remember what you did.
Crystal Martinez
January 27, 2013
A beautiful soul. Rest in God's arms.
Peace to your family
Elizabeth Page
January 25, 2013
To the Family ...You have my deepest sympathy. The death of a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences a human can face. At times the loss may seem unbearable. Something that can facilitate the release of grief is crying. There is "a time to weep," says the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)
D. Rogers
January 22, 2013
God Bless you Anne~~~
January 19, 2013
very sorry,she was very brave,i will never forget her. love jimmy
james havens
January 18, 2013
May Gods love surround your family at this time. We mourn with you and are remembering you in our prayers.
Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Enas
January 16, 2013
RIP Anne Marie. You are truly a hero.
January 15, 2013
I only know you from the news and what a hero you are. I would only hope that if my children were in this situation that they would be wrapped in your arms. Rest in Peace Anne Marie Murphy
January 15, 2013
God bless you Anne Marie! May your star shining brightly in heaven forever more and may God bless you for doing whatever you could to protect the children in your care. And may he bless your family abundantly for their great loss of a beloved family member.
Alfred and Irina Romo
January 15, 2013
Peace be with .
January 15, 2013
Rest in peace Anne Marie. You're a hero.
January 14, 2013
Sending you all my love and prayers.
January 12, 2013
To all who have lost this sweet and talented person, Anne Marie. You are in our prayers. We hope that you'll find comfort in the words of our Creator for He has loving concern for you at Psalms 37:9-11
January 11, 2013
Rest in Peace Anne Marie. May God comfort your loved ones and bring them peace. Anne was fearless and selfless on that very sorrowful day protecting those babies. You will always be remembered as a hero by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to Anne's loved ones.
Darryl, Diana & Seth McGill
January 9, 2013
Your story has touched my life. I have a child with special needs. Words cannot express the sadness I feel- even though I only know you through the news and photos. May the Lord watch over your husband and four children. May they always know what an amazing Mother you are. Forever in our hearts until we meet in heaven. God bless all of you
Jennifer Good
January 9, 2013
I am doing the 26 days of kindness. Today I am honoring Mrs. Murphy. What a beautiful selfless soul. I see that she has a large, loving family and I am praying for each and every one of you and all those connected with her beautiful life. You are not alone in your time of sorrow. God bless you. God bless Anne and may you all have peace!
January 9, 2013
Laura Mullins
January 7, 2013
RIP Anne. My thoughts and prayers to your family and the other families who lost loved ones.
Laura Mullins
January 7, 2013
Anne Marie what a beautiful and protective soul! What love she showed for her students and great courage.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Anne Marie will remain in my thoughts.
Jo Ragsdale
January 7, 2013
May God bless her spirit and the families and friends find peace and happiness <3
January 6, 2013
Your spirit is still alive. Love
January 6, 2013
Thank you for taking care of the children. My heart aches for this tragedy. Your a true Hero.
Melissa Strickland
January 5, 2013
Dear Murphy Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Anne Marie was a truly selfless and loving woman who acted as a parent would act when those children most needed their moms or dads. That is a true source of comfort for those parents and, hopefully, in some way for you. Your family and Anne Marie are in my heart and prayers always.
Rebecca Bond
January 4, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your daughter, Anne, R.I.P. Anne
kate morrill
January 2, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #15) on 1/2/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
January 2, 2013
We are thinking of your family during this tragic time. There are not enough heros in the world such as your wife, mother and daughter. She was surely a blessing to her students.
Deborah Hoffer
January 2, 2013
To the family and friends of Anne Marie, our most sincere condolences. May Anne rest in peace in the arms of the Lord, and we must remember her as a person with the heart of gold and love for all.
Margery and Michael Solomon
January 1, 2013
To your parents, husband, children, siblings, and all that knew and loved you; there are never words to express my feelings or anyone for the loss you are feeling, but I pray that the peace and love of God comforts you all at this time in a very special way. Our hearts are with you.
With deepest sympathy,
Christy Scalzo
Bethel, CT
Christy Scalzo
December 31, 2012
Dear Murphy Family and Friends,
I am truly sorry for the loss of your courageous daughter. You're in my thoughts and prayers. "From oppression and from violence he will redeem their soul and their blood will be precious in his eyes." (Psalms 72:14)
December 31, 2012
No parent should ever lose their child and no child should ever lose their parent too soon. I'm thinking of your family during this time.
Patty Berube Smith
December 31, 2012
What strength is needed to cope with such a loss. I pray for the family and friends of Anne Marie. May you take comfort in knowing that God is there to carry through your sorrow and wipe away your tears.
December 31, 2012
My babies are 5 and 7, and I teach elementary school. Anne's selfless act makes her a true hero. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.
December 31, 2012
I'm praying for the broken hearted of this world.
Kathleen Curnyn
December 31, 2012
To The Murphy Family -

I am sorry for your loss. Anne Marie is a hero of extraordinary depths. She did what a mother would have done for her own children, but it was for those she was responsible for.

Remember to keep Anne Marie in your heart - where she has been always. Doing so, you can give her memory respect, and you will never have lost her.

With Love, Care, and Prayer.
g blase
December 30, 2012
Family & friends of Anne Marie,
Our hearts grieve with you and our daily prayers are with you. Heartfelt sympathy to you all - may your memories and love for Anne Marie bring you comfort today and always.
Diane Scoma
December 30, 2012
I think of you all often and pause and fill my heart with love and comfort and send to all of you. I will continue...
pam dennison
December 28, 2012
The loss of Ann Marie Murphy has brought caring people around the world to their knees, we share in your tears, your loss and your grief. May time heal your sorrow and pain and may her memory give you comfort and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Schopper family, MN
December 28, 2012
To the family & friends of Anne Marie:
Our heartfelt condolences, as well as that of an entire grieving nation.
May you take solace in knowing she died doing something that she obviously loved. In the world today it is often difficult to find educators that are actually dedicated to teaching, never mind willing to give their lives to protect their students. You were truly blessed and should feel proud to have known such a herioc individual.
fomer Danbury residents the Kearns'
December 28, 2012
Uncle Huey, Aunt Alice and the Murphy and McGowan Families -
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Anne Marie. We pray that you may find comfort and peace from the thoughts and prayers of all who knew and loved her. May God bless you during this most difficult time.
Tim, Laurie and Sam Clancey
December 28, 2012
Dear Anne...your dedication to the children will live in our hearts forever. May you enjoy eternal peace and happiness in God's kingdom.
Greg Dziomba
December 28, 2012
I didn't know Anne Marie, but I send my deepest sympathies. I was looking at the various charities that families of the victims of this tragedy requested donations to. Although I live in New Jersey I was deeply saddened and wanted to do something in their memory. I work with autistic children in an elementary school and therefore chose Autism Speaks. When I read Anne Marie was 52, as am I, I was again touched. I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping all the victims and families in my daily prayers.
December 28, 2012
She will not be forgotten as neither will her deeds. I ache for all of you at this time. Only solace is prayer.
Tami B
December 28, 2012
I want to offer my sympathies to Anne Marie.You truly are a hero and you are severely missed.You are such an inspiration and I hope one day I can get the opportunity to meet you.
Joey Ientile
December 28, 2012
we made a santa face with your name on it and hung it on our tree,it will hang there every year from now on.You will not be forgotton.
cindy smith
December 27, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss....There are no words I could say to help ..The only thing I can say is I'm sorry for your loss..Prayers and Love are being sent to you and your family ...God Bless You All
December 27, 2012
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