SAN DIEGO – Barbara Ann Murphy, 79, formerly of Brewer, died peacefully with her family at her side on Feb. 2, 2014. She had been battling cancer for almost three years when she finally and courageously lost that fight. Barbara was born in Oberlin, PA on Sept. 9, 1934 and was the second oldest of six children to Joseph P. and Pauline L. Day.
Four of her siblings were born in Brewer after the family relocated there in 1936. She joined the US Navy in 1950 after graduating from John Bapst High School in Bangor. While serving with the Navy, she was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for her dedication and work. She also met her husband to be, Cmdr. P.L. (Larry) Murphy. Barbara and Larry were wed in Philadelphia in 1953, and moved to Tokyo soon thereafter and started their lives as a married couple serving their country with Larry’s postings in several different naval bases around the country and around the world. They also had two sons, Joseph and Daniel, within the first few years of marriage. Capt. Murphy retired in 1973 and the family moved back to Washington, DC, the site of several of the service postings that the family experienced. Capt. Murphy went on to serve in the US House of Representatives for more than two decades with his wonderful wife, Barbara, at his side. Barbara became involved in building and selling homes while in the Washington, DC area until their final retirement to Naples, Fla., where she and her husband of 57 years lived for over 15 years together until his death in 2010. Barbara, Larry and their children spent many seasons visiting family in Maine and enjoyed a summer camp in Surry.
Barbara is survived by her two children, Joe Murphy of Carlsbad, Calif. and Dan Murphy of El Cajon, Calif.; by her grandchildren, Lauren, Hunter and Charley; and by her brothers, James Day of Castine and Dennis Day of Trenton, as well as a number of cousins, nieces and nephews around Maine and the rest of the country.
A graveside service will be held for Barbara 3 p.m. Thursday, May 15th, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where she will be put to rest with her loving husband.