Maria Regina Murphy
November 12, 1921 – November 30, 2017
Murphy, Maria Regina, 96, of Fall Church passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Fairfax Nursing Center. She was born November 12, 1921 to the late Michael and Regina (Schmidt) Guttenberger in Amberg, Germany and married Joseph Anthony Murphy, Captain US Army (Ret) on May 23, 1950. After moving to the Uited States, she became a citizen on May 22, 1953. Mrs. Murphy worked as a civilian Budget Analyst for the the Army Research Office and then the Army Congressional Budget Liaison Office. After retirement from the government in 1987, she worked for the Aspen Institute and later as a volunteer at the Smithsonian Resident Associates. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Anthony Murphy, Captain US Army (Ret.). She is survived by her son, Frederick J. Murphy of Falls Church and her three brothers, Alphons, Ernest, and Adi Guttenberger of Germany. The family will receive friends from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22203. A memorial Mass will be held at St Anthony of Padua at a time to be announced. Mrs. Murphy will be buried, alongside her husband, at Arlington National Cemetery at a time to be determined.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Maria Regina Murphy
December 23, 2017
With fond memories of Maria Murphy, I sympathize with her entire family in mourning and celebrating a wonderful woman, Maria. Meeting and working with Maria Murphy was such a joy and for the past two years since 2015, I drew so much joy and fulfillment from the cheerful, fun-loving mother and so much admiration from the bond she shared with her son Fred. Maria thought me patience and how to use my eyes and heart to listen to the deepest but silent non-verbal desires or needs of others especially those we serve in the healthcare profession. The look in her eyes tells you how grateful she is. I remember vividly a day before she past how I felt thinking of the vaccum her passing is going to leave for her children (I silently shed tears for I know too well what being without a loving mother like Maria is - I lost mine when I was just 2 years old. With a grateful but heavy heart, I extend my deepest condolences to Fred and his entire family. I know for sure that Maria is in a better place now. I pray that may her soul and all the faithfully departed rest in peace and may light perpetual shine on her through the mercy of Christ Jesus. My heartfelt Sympathy.