Elizabeth Davis Reagan "Liz Murphy"

July 8, 1941July 2, 2012

Deerfield, New Hampshire

Elizabeth Davis Reagan “Liz Murphy”, died on July 2, 2012 at the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House from the effects of a chondro sarcoma. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts July 8, 1941 daughter of Elizabeth Delano and George Quincy Davis. Liz grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts graduating from Hingham High School, and Bennett College. After college Liz worked at Filene’s, Boston. As a young mother in Lowell, Mass. she volunteered on the original Paul Tsongas for Congress campaign and later was employed on his congressional staff. Moving to Kearsarge, NH Liz, was active in her children’s schools, volunteered with the youth ski program, as a ballot checklist supervisor and a grass roots political activist. Liz was Conway Business and Professional Women’s Woman of The Year. A one-term member of the NH House she was appointed to the Appropriations Committee and served as a delegate to the NH Constitutional Convention. She was Vice-chair of the NH Democrat State Committee. During this time Liz achieved her bachelors degree from Granite State College and did graduate work at UNH. Loving the outdoors Liz started running with the White Mountain Milers and in thirty years running various distances often won or placed in her age group. A member of Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia Society Liz completed two marathons raising considerable donations. Beginning in 1986 Liz worked for and was instrumental in the licensing phase of Seabrook Station as the community relations and government relations manager. In 1991 she opened, what was to become the largest lobbying firm in the state, Murphy Public Affairs. Until her death Liz proudly represented the interests of business and associations before the NH legislature and all levels of state, local and federal government. Starting in 2006, Liz continued to represent old and new clients for the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group the successor to Murphy Public Affairs. During her life Liz participated as a board member of Swiftwater Girl Scouts, founding board member of The Women’s Policy Institute, co-chair of Youth in Government and as an elected member of the Deerfield Municipal Budget Committee. All her life Liz enjoyed being outdoors and working in her gardens. She attended every possible sporting event of her children and was just as enthusiastic with her grandchildren. While enjoying her challenging career and loving all the people her business brought her in touch with Liz’s true love belonged to her husband State Representative John Reagan, her three children Patrick Murphy and his wife Kelley of Kearsarge, NH, Caroline Smalley and her husband David of Fredericksburg, VA, and Jay Murphy and his wife Hillary of Hingham, MA and her fifteen grandchildren, two stepsons Brian and Tim and their wives Sandy and Robin. Liz is also survived by her two brothers and their wives George Quincy Davis Jr., his wife Sue and Jonathan Delano Davis and his wife Tammy a niece and four nephews. Calling hours are from 1:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 6 at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord, NH. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 10:00 am. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, C/O Jay Murphy, 25 Irving St., Hingham, MA 02043, Deerfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 90, Deerfield, NH 03037or Back on my Feet, C/O Jay Murphy, 25 Irving St., Hingham, MA 02043. Messages of condolence may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 7, 2012

Elizabeth Davis Reagan "Liz Murphy"

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Nina Moore

August 1, 2012

Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Elizabeth Reagan. May you find comfort in God - our rock, our strength and our might.

roberta tenney

July 8, 2012

Our sympathy and kind thoughts of many happy moments talking to Liz about the state that we all love and policies that will keep it great--
Roberta and Rod Tenney

George S. Foster III, CAI

July 7, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with John Regan and all of Liz's family and friends. Liz was a guiding light for the New Hampshire Auctioneer's Association and it was because of her good work and guidance over the past 20 plus years that we were able to upgrade the laws governing the Auction Profession thus protecting the Public and up-grading our profession. Her loss will be felt by all of us but her smile and positive attitude will remain in our hearts and guide us for many years to come.

George S. Foster III, CAI
President NHAA

July 7, 2012

So sorry to hear about your loss. May you find comfort in the bibles message Ecclesiastes 9:5,10

Paula J

July 7, 2012

My sympathies to Liz's family and friends. Her field of spring flowers covered the yard and brightened the days as did her cheerful smile and humor.

July 6, 2012

My condolences to John Reagan and to all of Liz Murphy's extended family.
Rep. Chris Christensen (Merrimack, NH)

Kathy Stroud

July 6, 2012

John, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rep. Jeanine Notter

July 6, 2012

I'm sorry for your loss. May her memory be eternal.

Casey Crane

July 6, 2012

It was a great honor getting to know Liz while serving on the Science, Technology & Energy Comm in the House. A strong woman who held her strength with such class and style. She was a role model for any smart woman in the way that she handled herself. Her husband John and she were a perfect match. I will be praying for comfort for this family. Elenore Casey Crane

Bob Arnold

July 5, 2012

Liz was a very dynamic woman with a ton of class. I always enjoyed our conversations when we would run into each other at NHLRA events.