February 1, 1924 – August 13, 2019
Died peacefully, surrounded by love, on August 13, 2019, at age 95.
Born in Towlaw, County Durham England on February 1, 1924. Mary was an only child and her childhood was a happy one although far from affluent, her daddy being a coal miner. As a student nurse, she met a handsome young Irish doctor named Dick Murphy. However, it would take many years and another continent before they would tie the knot. Mary lived through the second world war and experienced bombing in England where she worked as a nurse. The music and times of this period were very special to her.
Mary came to Canada on her own, by ship and then across Canada by train. She worked in Coaldale Alberta, Vancouver and Trail before the dashing Dick Murphy finally proposed and they were married in 1952. It was in that same year that she moved to Campbell River.
Certainly, Mary’s biggest accomplishments were as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and Dick had six children, first living in Campbellton and then moving to Murphy Street where they lived for over 50 years. Their house was full of activity, love and laughter and their door was always open to friends and family. Mary was a great and loyal friend, she enjoyed people from all walks of life. She was fun and feisty and had a positive outlook on life.
Mary lived large and loved champagne, chocolate, perfume, flowers, the Cubbies, dogs and especially babies. She was a fixture in the Tyee pool for many years Ã¢â‚¬” she knew how to land a fish and had great fun doing it. Mary also loved her church. Her Catholic faith was important to her and she was a long-time parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish.
The family is extremely appreciative for the extraordinary team at Evergreen Seniors Home who so lovingly looked after Mary. Everyone at Evergreen was so caring and over the nine years she resided there many of the Evergreen staff became dear friends to Mary and the family. We are so very grateful for the exceptional care she received.
Mary will be dearly missed by her six children and their partners: Michael (Heather), Stephen (Patricia), Mark (Charlene), Jane (John), Richard (Tricia) and Sara (Brian). Her eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren will also miss her, as will her dear friend of over 70 years, Doris. Mary’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of joy, stimulation and comfort to her. Mary leaves many friends and acquaintances who will fondly remember her upbeat spirit.
Mary lived a long, full and accomplished life. She was a woman of action and through her example she leaves a legacy of the importance of family and friendship.
Prayer Vigil will be held at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church Thursday August 22nd at 7 pm with the Funeral Mass on Friday, August 23rd at 11 am at Saint Patrick’s. Following the mass, a reception will be held in the St Patrick’s hall hosted by the Catholic Women’s League.
From 4 to 7 pm, Friday, August 23rd there will be a wake held in the Pacific Ballroom of the Anchor Inn to honour and celebrate Mary’s life. Please join the family in raising a glass to toast this remarkable woman and share some “Mary” stories. (Access lower parking lot, elevator to the 3rd floor)
Mary requested that for those who wish to do so, memorial donations be made in her memory to St. Patrick’s Parish, 34 South Alder Street, Campbell River, BC; V9W 2M8.
Funeral arrangements by Suttons Funeral Home.
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