Annabelle M. Murphy Alquist

February 1, 1923February 22, 2013

Uncasville- Annabelle M. Alquist, of Uncasville, passed awayFriday, February 22, 2013 at the New London Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born in Greenwich, CT on February 1, 1923, the only child of Thomas and Florence Irwin Murphy. She was a 1941 graduate of Greenwich High School and a 1945 graduate of Willimantic State Teachers College, now Eastern CT State University. She started teaching in Montville in 1945 and had to travel from Uncasville School by taxi to Palmer Memorial School for the afternoon session as she was the only kindergarten teacher in town at that time. On November 9, 1946, she married Arthur S. Alquist Jr. in Greenwich CT. Mr. Alquist was in the auctioneer business in Montville until his death in May of 1964. During the 1960’s, Supt. Dr. Charles Murphy asked her to organize and run the Head Start Program, which was a very successful and rewarding experience for her. After her retirement from teaching in 1981, she spent 8 months in her home in Gulfport FL and 4 months at Oxoboxo Lake. She also volunteered at the Gulfport Senior Center in the Reassurance Program, calling the homebound senior citizens to talk to them and to ask them if they needed anything. Mrs. Alquist was a member of the New London County Teacher’s Association. She is survived by her beloved children Arthur S. Alquist III and his wife Patricia of Uncasville, Thomas W. Alquist and wife Vickie of Oakdale, daughter Sarah Palmer and husband Roger of the Villages, FL, grandsons Christopher and Adam Alquist of Uncasville, step grandchildren Gregory and Jonathan Palmer and by 3 step great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 am. Burial will follow in Comstock Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence for Annabelle’s family, please visit her memorial at The Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich New London Tpke, is entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Annabelle M. Murphy Alquist

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Charles Murphy

July 4, 2013

Mrs Alquist was my favorite teacher and will always remember what fun I had in her class. She and her family lived across OXOBOXO lake from us and you could always see that there was a croud at her house almost everyday.
My father Dr. Charles Murphy would always say how lucky kids were to have Mrs. Alquist as their first teacher.
Mrs. Alquist was loved by all!

Marjorie Murphy, Maura Murphy Burke and Charlie Murphy Send their love to Mrs Alquist!s family.

June 22, 2013

I was privileged to be in Mrs Alquist's last kindergarten class before she retired in June of 1981. She told me and my parents that she wouldn't quit until she "had all 5 Rioux's in her classroom." I pretended to serve her a "glass of wine" each morning that school year.....greeting her every morning at the door with a cup from the kitchen area in the back of her classroom. She laughed every morning then proceeded to play the piano and teach us the words to "My Country Tis of Thee." She invited me to her home on Oxoboxo Lake that summer....I was honored! I saw her every Labor day at the Polish Club Picnic and she always remembered me. Love is being sent to her family .....she touched so many lives.

Bob Gedney

March 31, 2013

Tom, Butch and Sally

I was saddened to learn of your mother's passing. Annette passed on 7/30/2012, and I wondered at that time how your mom was. I remember a day at the lake ( it must have been 50 years ago ) with the three of you, your mom and Aunt Flo and Uncle Tommy. I will try to contact you by phone. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
Bob Gedney

Keith Bailey

March 12, 2013

To all the family, friends, and students of Mrs. Alquist I send my deepest sympathies for your loss.She was one of the nicest people I have ever come in contact with as many of you can attest.She taught me how to tie my shoes, my ABC's, how to count, and so many other life lessons in kindergarten.She sang to her class almost daily.Who doesn't remember getting different colored stars stuck to our foreheads by her.She was truly a special person in my life, and I for one will never forget all she did to make me the person I am today.Thank-you Mrs.Alquist.

Mike Breslin

February 28, 2013

Butch and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

February 28, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.

Carl Sheppard

February 27, 2013

Tommy, Butch and Family, So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Please know you are all being thought for. My condolences.

February 27, 2013

We have all lost a warm and generous friend who also was also the inroduction to school for so many of us. Annabelle was my beloved kindergarden teacher and a lifelong close friend to my family. I have wonderful memories of my whole and extended family enjoying time at the lake in the summers with Annabelle. Her passing is felt deeply. My sons & I will miss her. Janis (Malchiodi) Simpson

Jim Jordan

February 26, 2013

Arthur,Pat,Adam and CHRIS
With my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Jim Jordan

Don Richmond

February 26, 2013

Tom, Butch and Family,
So very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She will always be with you in your memories and in your heart.
Sincerest condolences.
Don and Eileen