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Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe Funeral Home

1150 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL

OBITUARY

Marianne Murphy

July 18, 1956January 12, 2018

Marianne Murphy, age 61, died January 12, 2018 at her home in Winter Springs, FL. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Marianne spent most of her life in Northern Virginia, living in Alexandria and working in Washington D.C. She spent 26 of those years at Patton Boggs Law Firm where she played a large role in the formation of the Patton Boggs Foundation, a public policy foundation created to provide fellowships for law students doing public service internships in the United States and abroad. Marianne chaired the Patton Boggs Foundation Staff Committee, which helped to raise awareness of the Foundation as a whole. During her years of employment in the D.C. area, Marianne also worked for WMAL Radio, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Government.

A committed animal rights advocate, Marianne volunteered in two Pet Facilitated Therapy Programs through the Arlington Animal Welfare League. She also served on the AWLA’s Board of Directors and volunteered at Lost Dog and Cat Rescue. Marianne opened her home to several wonderful pets during her lifetime, many of whom passed before her. Her main priority after a diagnosis of failing health was to ensure her pets would have good homes.

After retiring in 2012, Marianne made the decision to relocate to Central Florida in the summer of 2016. She purchased a home with the yard she always wanted so her dogs would have room to run. After months of renovations and beautiful new landscaping, Marianne hosted a grand Halloween party to celebrate her favorite holiday in style in her new home with neighbors, friends and family. A strong and independent person, Marianne had a sharp sense of humor and friendships that lasted a lifetime. In her spare time, Marianne served as a Big Sister to an area child for 11 years; she served a three-year term as the Jefferson Green Condominium President and enjoyed extensive travel including an African Safari, Ecuador, Europe and a cross-country trek of the U.S. She was predeceased by her mother, Leola Murphy, in 2003 and her father, Thomas Murphy, in 2011. Surviving family members include her brother Tim Murphy in Connecticut, her brother Greg Murphy in California, her brother Mark Murphy in California and her sister Colleen Murphy in Florida.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be held at the home of Colleen Murphy in Winter Springs, Florida on Friday, January 19th at 2 pm. A casting ceremony for ashes will take place in the state of Arizona, at Marianne’s request, at a future date, to be determined by the family. All are welcome at both locations.

A donation may be made, in memoriam, to Marianne’s favorite charitable organizations: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington, VA, Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT

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Helen Davis

February 6, 2018

Its hard to believe that Marianne is no longer with us. Marianne and I were co-workers and also neighbors for the better part of 20 years. We had decided to run for our condo board at one of our early meetings and ended up as President and Vice President. She stayed involved in our community until her recent move to Florida. We went through good times, bad times; PB ups and downs; contractors, raccoons, foxes, flamingos, cats, dogs, those marigolds, and all sorts of Virginia weather. Her love of Halloween always brought curious neighbors to see the new "not to be outdone" decorations. There was always a firework or two on Fourth of July and champagne on New Years Eve was a must! Rest in Peace my friend Marianne....I will miss you always!



Louise Verret

February 5, 2018

Condolences to the family.

Ann Walsh

January 29, 2018

Marianne- adventurous, humble, kind, and pet loving. You were what we should all aspire to be. You made the world a better place. We had some crazy times in our early twenties and I am so glad we did. A forever friend. xxooxx

Mark and Jeanne Murphy

January 28, 2018

We've been reminiscing about the times and the places we had with Marianne - from DC to California and places in between. We very much enjoyed our times especially with our family in the Chicago area a short time ago and our time in St. Augustine this past summer. We were thankful also to spend this past Christmas season together. We will miss you and miss our Sunday calls together. Rest In Peace Marianne! Thanks for being a great sister!

Pamm Chaney

January 25, 2018

I met Marianne back in the 80s when we were both volunteers in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington's Pet-Facilitated Therapy Program. Her love of animals was amazing - in fact after we had both retired and moved into our new southern homes, we talked about heading out to Best Friends Animal Society to volunteer. How sad that she won't be there when I make that trip. I know she'll be smiling down on me and all the animals, though. Knowing how much Marianne LOVED Halloween, I'm thankful she was able to have her 2017 party in her finished home. Marianne will be missed by so many, but will be in our hearts forever.

Terrie Mandley

January 22, 2018

I enjoyed working with you for all of your years at Patton Boggs, and I won't forget the many kindnesses you bestowed upon me! Rest in Peace, Marianne! ox

Zachary Meadows

January 21, 2018

Aunt Marianne - you were a soul unlike others. Strong, independent, determined. I cherish my memories with you from the corn fields in Virginia when I was just a boy to the first year you moved to Florida and we visited Halloween Horror Nights for your first time. You were a guiding light for me in 2016 when I felt I had lost my way. You created many memories for me that I am thankful for. I miss you. I hope you're proud of me. I love you.

Nena Arroyo

January 19, 2018

Rest in peace Marianne, my friend!

Jessica Davis

January 18, 2018

I will always cherish the many years I worked with Marianne. She was no nonsense, and providing the best advice, especially for a young kid working at a large DC firm. I will treasure my memories of her, and Marianne will always be a part of the 9th floor family.

Lynn Hallman

January 18, 2018

FROM THE FAMILY