Mary Murphy, 93, of East Sandwich died June 11 at The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hyannis. She leaves family in Sandwich and Mashpee.
She was born to Michael and Julia Hayes in Woodford, County Galway, Ireland. She attended school in Portumna, County Galway, where she learned the trades of housekeeping, cooking, and domestic economy.
At the age of 23, in 1952, she immigrated to the United States.
She and Dennis Murphy, who was known as Chris, were married in 1955. The couple settled in Framingham, where they raised their three children.
Ms. Murphy worked for the Town of Framingham for many years as a crossing guard, assisting children as they walked to and from school each day.
The Murphys moved to Sandwich in 1989 for their retirement and during many of those years also spent time in Florida and Lismore, Ireland. Her husband died in 2006.
She found enjoyment in traveling to the country of her birth, attending church, listening to Irish music, playing cards, weekend yard sales and reading. Among her culinary specialties were apple pies and Irish bread, brown bread, roasted chicken, pot roast and boiled dinners.
Ms. Murphy become a grandmother in 1983. She would enjoy spending time with her grandchildren—and then great-grandchildren—singing songs and reading stories to them up until the final weeks of her life.
She leaves her children, Michael Murphy and his wife, Susan Murphy, of Ashland, Maureen Clancy and her husband, Jerome Clancy, of East Sandwich and James Murphy and his wife, Meg Murphy, of Mashpee; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; her sisters Catherine Burke and Eileen Shaughnessy, both of Ireland, and Bridget Gibbons of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Anne Phillips, Sheila Cashman and Winifred Hayes; and three brothers, Martin Hayes, John Hayes and Patrick Hayes.
Calling hours are Thursday, June 16, from 4 to 7 PM at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Avenue in South Yarmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 17, at 11 AM at Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich, followed by interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery in East Sandwich.