Mary Ann Murphy Obituary

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In Memory of

Mrs. Mary Ann Wattell (Wattell) Murphy

June 9, 1925 - November 19, 2009
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MURPHY Mary Ann Wattell Murphy passed peacefully into the hands of our Lord late Thursday night, November 19, 2009 from complications of a cerebral vascular event the week before. She died surrounded by her loving family and the expert staff of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Mary Ann was 84. Mary Ann, a former hospice administrator herself, lived in the Winston-Salem area for the last 14 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church. She grew up in Rochester, New York, attending Mercy High School during World War II before enrolling in the Skidmore College Nursing Program, from which she graduated as a...
MURPHY Mary Ann Wattell Murphy passed peacefully into the hands of our Lord late Thursday night, November 19, 2009 from complications of a cerebral vascular event the week before. She died surrounded by her loving family and the expert staff of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Mary Ann was 84. Mary Ann, a former hospice administrator herself, lived in the Winston-Salem area for the last 14 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church. She grew up in Rochester, New York, attending Mercy High School during World War II before enrolling in the Skidmore College Nursing Program, from which she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1947. She completed her nursing studies in New York City before moving to New Haven, Connecticut, to teach nursing at Grace-New Haven Hospital, now called Yale-New Haven Hospital. In New Haven, Mary Ann met her future husband, James Murphy, whom she married in 1953. Jim ran the U.S. Air and Vacuum Valve Co. in New Haven for many years with his father. In 1999 Mary Ann and Jim celebrated their 46th anniversary together before Jim died in late 1999. Mary Ann's family and friends were blessed by her warm and gentle spirit along with her many talents. She was an expert cook, gardener, bird watcher, seamstress and knitter who also loved listening to classical music, playing the piano and entertaining. She was devoted to her family and left nursing for 20 years to raise four children, Martha, Paul, Peter and James. When Mary Ann returned to her profession in the mid-1980s, she became active with the Connecticut Hospice Program and helped start the nation's first hospice program in Norwalk, Connecticut. When she retired in 1995, she was Director of Discharge Planning at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. Mary Ann is survived by her four children; and 10 grandchildren. Martha and her two children, Christine and Andrew, live in Winston-Salem. Paul, his wife Kate and their three boys, Daniel, Kevin and Aidan, live in Reston, Virginia. Peter and his wife, Carole live with their two boys, Xavier and Adrien in Quebec City, Canada. James, his wife, Brenda and their three children, Mitchell, Julia and Joey, live in Irvine, California. A Celebration of Mary Ann's Life will be held at St. Anne's Church on December 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. Mary Ann will be interred in the St. Anne's columbarium beside her husband, Jim, immediately following the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family invites friends to consider contributions to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home or the St. Anne's Episcopal Church Labyrinth Fund. Mary Ann's family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff at Springwood Care in Winston-Salem and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for the excellent and compassionate care they provided.


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