ORONO – Amelia Mary (Rose) Murphy “Amy,” 74, died Dec. 28, 2012, at a Bangor hospital from complications due to a stroke. She was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Oceanside, a Village of Rockville Centre, N.Y., the daughter of Harry Frederick and Margaret Ellen (Wimer) Rose.
Amy graduated from Central High School, Valley Stream, N.Y., in 1956; Franklin School of Science and Arts, Philadelphia, in 1957; and the University of Maine, Orono, in 1987. Amy had four distinct career periods in her life. Early in her adult life she worked as a medical technician. During the middle period she was a full-time mother who, in support of her children’s sporting, social endeavors, spent time as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, bowling coach, seamstress and could often be heard giving whole hearted vocal support from the grandstand. In the mid-1980s she returned to school and earned a degree in accounting from the University of Maine. She worked as an internal auditor for the University of Maine System until her retirement in 2005. As a retiree she very much enjoyed visiting with and reading with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed volunteering at Orono Public Library. Amy was involved with many clubs and organizations such as Mothers of Twins, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, Special Olympics, and she was a Eucharistic minister at the Newman Center. She liked putting jigsaw puzzles together, swimming with the loons at Lake Winnipesaukee, knitting, sewing, was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed reading to and with her grandchildren. Amy passed very shortly after reaching her 74th birthday. Her family was honored to be able to send her off with one final rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Marjorie Murphy; a brother, James Rose; and a sister, Clare Fazio. Amy is survived by two sons, Michael Murphy and his wife, Jennifer, and Paul Murphy and his wife, Fengqing; three daughters, Sharon Murphy and her partner, Mark Anderson, Nancy Murphy, and Susan Jones and her husband, Sam; eight grandchildren, Rose, Caitlin, Robin, Will, Ginny, Lucy, Mary and Jessica; one stepgrandchild, Mengting; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono. A Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel, Newman Center, 83 College Ave., Orono. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Newman Center after the service. Spring interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Those who wish to remember Amy in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Marjorie R. Murphy Memorial Fund, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792, which supports Special Olympics participants annually, and administered by the University of Maine Foundation. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.