Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Muriel Phipps Smith

May 13, 1927November 19, 2019

Muriel (Moo) Phipps Smith of Orleans died on Nov. 19, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born in East Stroudsburg, PA, May 13, 1927 to Dean Hoyer Phipps and Evelyn Haviland Phipps. She graduated from Kent Place School, Summit, NJ, and from Connecticut College, New London. She married Wendell Smith in 1952. The newlyweds spent the first six months of their marriage as Forest Fire Lookouts in the Stanislaus National Forest in California. Later they moved to Orleans and raised their family. The Smiths spent their Cape Cod years as the owners of The Incredible Barn and Sunsmith House, dealing in antiques and books. Muriel enjoyed her many friends and hobbies, including book club, bridge club, Bible Study, reading, writing, and traveling.

Muriel was predeceased by her husband, Wendell Smith; her sister, Ann Eames; her grandson, Lee Murphy; and her son-in-law, John Mitchell. She is survived by three daughters: Robin Smith-Johnson (Greg) of Mashpee, Laurie Smith Murphy (Don) of Coventry, RI, Cynthia Mitchell of Orleans, and her son, Dell Smith (Liz) of Lowell, plus six grandchildren, Justin, Kyla, Brad, Ross, Neil, and Devin, and great granddaughter, Lilliana.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main St., Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Snow Library of Orleans.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2019


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Kimberly Denis

November 21, 2019

Moo was such a kind hearted lady with much love to share to anyone who was fortunate to know her. A dear friend to many here at The Federated Church. Her beautiful smile and loving way will be sorely missed.