AUBURN — Frances M. Murphy, 80, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Aug. 24, at CMMC. She was born in Waterville, April 4, 1930, to Gertrude and Sidney Johnson. She graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1947.

After high school she attended CMG School of Nursing, graduating in 1950. She was a registered nurse at CMG hospital and a private duty nurse in the Lewiston-Auburn area for 30 years and was a member of the CMG (CMMC) alumni association. She married the love of her life, F. Michael Murphy, February 23, 1952. Together they built a summer home on Thompson Lake and spent their summers on their beloved lake and traveled to Bradenton, Fla., where they spent their winters. She loved gardening, traveling, Scrabble and playing cribbage. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, F. Michael Murphy. Her son, Michael D. Murphy, and companion Ro-Jean Straw of Eliot. His daughter Erin Murphy Heise and husband John Heise of Sarasota, Fla. Her daughter, Kathleen Murphy, and companion Joseph Laroche of Lewiston. Her daughters, Kayla Racioppi and husband Nick Racioppi of Auburn; and daughter Hannah Rheaume of Lewiston; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Hunter Heise of Sarasota, Fla. She was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence Johnson of Providence, R.I. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family and friends.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Youd, nurses and staff at Russell Park Health Care Facility and all nurses and staff at Central Maine Medical Center for their professionalism, compassion and comfort care shown to Frances and the family during her difficult time.

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