Mary Grace Grace Murphy

February 16, 1929January 25, 2013

Mary Grace Murphy, 83, of River Wilderness, Parrish, Florida, died peacefully at Riviera Palms on January 25, 2013.

Born on February 16, 1929 to Cyprian and Mary Selcan of New York City, Grace moved to Rahway, New Jersey as a child and resided in Rahway and Clark, New Jersey for 50 years. Grace attended St. Mary’s School in Rahway and St. Peter’s High School in New Brunswick. Her post graduate education was at the Washington School for Secretaries. Grace’s secretarial training landed her positions as an executive secretary at the Borden Company in New York City, and Merck Pharmaceuticals in Rahway, New Jersey.

In June of 1951, Grace married Francis Patrick Murphy of Rahway. They had five children: Jeanne, Kathleen of New Jersey, and John Francis of Fairport, New York; Grace is pre-deceased by two infant sons, Joseph and John.

Grace and Francis moved to Florida in 1988 and lived at Bent Tree in Sarasota, and currently at River Wilderness in Parrish. Grace loved her life in Florida, and especially enjoyed being a member of the River Wilderness Country Club where she golfed on the “Ladies Niner” team and served as their president for many years, as well as singing in the church choir at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Parrish, Florida.

Grace leaves behind her devoted husband and her three children, as well as daughter-in-law Linda Warner Murphy, granddaughter Kathryn Grace of New York City, her sister Gloria Selcan Franklin of New Jersey, her sister Joan Selcan Schneider and brother-in-law William Schneider of Arizona, sister-in-law Anne-Marie Boesart Murphy of New Jersey, plus many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at Groover Funeral Home in Ellenton on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 4–7 PM, and a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Parrish on Monday, January 28th at 11 AM.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 28, 2013

Mary Grace Grace Murphy

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February 5, 2013

To Jeanne Murphy, a beloved friend of my sister (who passed away in 2012) and myself, may you find comfort and peace at this time of loss remembering the heartfelt moments and joys shared with your mother and family during your lives. Blessings to all of you . Angelika Forndran

Rich and Lanette Sporl

February 3, 2013

Fran, Our heart goes out to you and your family.

Barbara & Bob Mustain

February 3, 2013

Fran: Barbara and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Bob Mustain

Rebbie Macintyre

January 30, 2013

When I'd go out walking, sometimes I'd meet Grace along the way. She was always there with a ready smile and always had time to chat. Grace had the gift of letting you know that nothing was more important than her time with you at that moment. She'll be missed, but she's at peace with God, and her soul can now continue its journey. My sympathy to Grace's family and dear friends.

mari and Jim talmage

January 27, 2013

Grace and I had such great talks about the niners and all things going on in River wilderness.She was so loyal to her church and to God and I know she is in a good place

George and Shirley Binder

January 27, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Grace's entire family.


Grace's lovely, familiar smile


Surprise Anniversary party!


A fashionable '60's Grace at Santa's Village in upstate New York