OBITUARY

Mary Beth Murphy

January 23, 1950July 22, 2018
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Mary Beth Murphy of Dartmouth passed away on July 22, 2018, after a period of declining health.

Mary Beth was born in Brockton in 1950 to Patrick Joseph Murphy and Margaret Murphy. She graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and Aquinas Junior College, and worked as a medical secretary at Brockton Hospital, New England Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Owen H. Murphy, Jr., and her son, Owen J. Murphy and his fiancé Alysia Sanchez. She was the sister of William Murphy and his wife Elaine of Bridgewater, Kathleen Mathews of Brockton and Wareham, and Margaret Simmons and her husband Daryl of East Bridgewater, and aunt to numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Murphy of Easton, brother-in-law Richard Mathews of Brockton, and niece Terri (Mathews) Bryan of Brockton.

We wish to thank St. Luke’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Home for their compassion extended to the family and Agnes Canastra for all she did in support of Mary Beth and our family over the last few years.

To know Mary Beth was to know that she was special. She was never stingy with a favor, a $20 bill, or a joke. She made every holiday and birthday a lifetime event. She wrote incredible poems. She was a second mother to many of her son’s friends. She was the most giving and loving person that ever lived.

In lieu of flowers in Mary Beth’s memory, donations may be made to the Humane Society, Faxon Animal Shelter, 474 Durfee St., Fall River, and Sacred Heart Home, 359 Summer St., New Bedford.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 8-9:30 a.m., in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of her life will follow and all are invited to attend. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Humane Society, Faxon Animal Shelter
  • Sacred Heart Home

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, July 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Eileen Connor

July 29, 2018

To MaryBeth’s Family,
I got to know MaryBeth when she worked
at St Luke’s she was a kind and caring person. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers
during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏 Eileen ( SLH)

William Synnott

July 28, 2018

Our sympathies and love are extended to the Murphy Fsmily on the passing of May Beth. She was a genuinely kind person with a terrific sense of humor who made those in contact with her feel happier. She displayed remarkable strength and character dealing with the challenges of failing health. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend and a credit to her family and community. She will be missed and remembered with fondness by the Synnott Family.

Dennis (Michael) Donovan

July 27, 2018

Mary Beth and I were classmates at Cardinal Spellman and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Mary Beth had a unique impishness and was always looking to enjoy the moment. She stoked the fires of fun with her smile and her eyes warmed your heart with their caring love. When we were sophomores I required some surgery where I had to be awake and I swear she arranged for her sister Kathy to be assigned to my case. Sure enough Kathy was there, introduced herself, and held my hand when the doctor made the incision. The last time we spoke was in the early 80's when she had been very sick and I was recovering from a severe illness myself. We talked at length and all she did was comfort me while I knew she had been sicker and suffered more than I, but she made me the priority in Mary Beth style. Mary Beth was one of a kind and I am happy and blessed that I knew her.

Ben Kneppers

July 27, 2018

I had the pleasure to get to know Mary Beth Murphy through my friendship with her son, Owen. I will forever remember my visits to her home where she always welcomed us with lots of love. Mrs. Murphy was always so warm and supportive of us as we made it through high school and life. She will be greatly missed and always in our memories.

Vincente DiSanti

July 27, 2018

Mary was always a treasure to be around. Getting to know her through my friendship with her son Owen was definitely a blessing in my life full of many positive memories. I enjoyed our many conversations while hanging out at the Murphy household and remember them being filled with a lot of joy and laughter. It truly pains my heart to hear of her passing and I would like to share my deepest condolences to her family.

Agnes Canastra

July 26, 2018

I was blessed to have Maribeth as my friend for over 20 yrs. we met in the Nursing Office at St.Lukes Hospital and became fast friends. She was always full of fun and ready for an adventure. She was very welcoming and entertained many of my Family from Overseas through the years. She was very kind to others and was always ready to help in times of need, whether that called for her famous Stuffed Shells or driving an elderly friend to visit her loved one at a distant Cemetry.. she was captivated by Children and enjoyed dispensing Candy to them while in her Secretarial role at St Luke's
Nursing Office, the children of course making a Beeline towards her desk!
She loved her Husband and Son dearly and was very proud of their accomplishments, she was also very happy to welcome Alysia to the Murphy Family, secure in the knowledge that Owen had met his true Soulmate.
I am happy that you are not suffering any more Maribeth but I will miss you forever.

Kathleen Horan McLean

July 26, 2018

Dear Owen Sr, Owen Jr.,Alysia and Family,

Please know I am thinking of you with the passing of your beloved Wife and Mother, Mary Beth (Mom). I know that she was quite a special person from listening to Alysia speak so fondly of her. I also will not forget meeting her while I was on the "campaign"trail, many moons ago.

I realize that there are no words to ease your pain at this time but want you to know you are all in my thoughts and I am sending my love.

Kathy Horan McLean

Jannie Medeiros

July 26, 2018

To Mary Beth Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Beth a beautiful person inside an out,she would do anything to help a friend out. I will never forget the day's she would come an get her hair done an she would let my younger son paint her nails when he would come to work in the morning with me. She would ask if he would like to do that for her, he was so happy to do it an she would give him a couple of bucks to get something at the bakery. I will always remember her when fall is near she would bake her special pumpkin muffins they where the best! An most of all that smile an our talks she always talked about her family an her friend Agnes. It was my pleasure to have done her hair I loved making her feel an look good!

Patricia Davidson

July 26, 2018

I send my sympathy & thoughts to the Murphy family & friends. Mary Beth & I worked together at St. Luke's in the Radiology Transcription Dept. There was never a day that she didn't come in with a smile & a joke or a happy thought. When my daughter had to get rid of her dog because she was moving & couldn't take him with her, Mary Beth jumped right up & said "I'll find a home for him." & she did. Even when she wasn't feeling 100%, Mary Beth was a shining light & I will never forget her.
Shine on sweet Mary Beth
Pat Davidson

Denise Buote

July 26, 2018

Dear Murphy Family,
So sad to be losing my childhood friend. Mary Beth and I walked to South Junior High School together everyday. She was the voice of reason for our group of friends and our mothers would always give us permission to go anywhere as long as Mary Beth was going, because she was the trustworthy one. We lost touch over the years, but she was the first to get in touch when I lost my Dad. The call was a most treasure memory because the in between years faded away. We met for lunch and talked a few times on the phone and she remained her ever cheerful self. She will be missed.
Love,
Denise (DiNunno) Buote

Biography

Mary Beth Murphy of Dartmouth passed away on July 22, 2018, after a period of declining health.

Mary Beth was born in Brockton in 1950 to Patrick Joseph Murphy and Margaret Murphy. She graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and Aquinas Junior College, and worked as a medical secretary at Brockton Hospital, New England Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Owen H. Murphy, Jr., and her son, Owen J. Murphy and his fiancé Alysia Sanchez. She was the sister of William Murphy and his wife Elaine of Bridgewater, Kathleen Mathews of Brockton and Wareham, and Margaret Simmons and her husband Daryl of East Bridgewater, and aunt to numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Murphy of Easton, brother-in-law Richard Mathews of Brockton, and niece Terri (Mathews) Bryan of Brockton.

We wish to thank St. Luke’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Home for their compassion extended to the family and Agnes Canastra for all she did in support of Mary Beth and our family over the last few years.

To know Mary Beth was to know that she was special. She was never stingy with a favor, a $20 bill, or a joke. She made every holiday and birthday a lifetime event. She wrote incredible poems. She was a second mother to many of her son’s friends. She was the most giving and loving person that ever lived.

In lieu of flowers in Mary Beth’s memory, donations may be made to the Humane Society, Faxon Animal Shelter, 474 Durfee St., Fall River, and Sacred Heart Home, 359 Summer St., New Bedford.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 8-9:30 a.m., in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of her life will follow and all are invited to attend. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com.