1928 – 2014

AUBURN — Beverly B. Murphy, 86, of the Berry Road, Hartford, passed away on Saturday, July 5, at the Hospice House.

She was born on March 26, 1928, in Hartford, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel Berry. She grew up on her parents dairy farm. Bev graduated from Leavitt Institute in Turner. On Oct. 23, 1948, she married Earl H. Murphy Jr. at her parents’ home. They were married 60 years. They resided and raised their family in Mexico for 32 years. She worked at the Mexico Public Library for seven years and was a cafeteria aide at Mexico High School for nine years.

Bev was an assistant Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was actively involved with Mexico Congregational Church and later with Hartford Community Church when they moved back home. She was also involved with town politics — comprehensive plan, road committee, helping E911 and cemetery committee.

She enjoyed her dogs, going to companion and obedience shows throughout New England. Bev loved all the local kids and enjoyed being mom to all the extra kids brought home to visit. The past few years, she enjoyed genealogy and researching family history.

She is survived by her children, Eileen Gondron of Texas, Jeffrey Murphy and wife, Joyce, of Strong, and Maureen Murphy of Hartford; her brother-in-law, Larry Murphy of Rumford; her sister-in-law, Beverly Beeler of South Portland; her grandchildren, Chris Gondron of Texas, Brandy Hayes and husband, Adam, of Texas, Megan West and husband, Billy, of Texas, Heather Huish and husband, David, of Wilton, Darby Murphy of Hawaii, and Mariah Bentley and husband, Dakota, of Rumford; and her great-grandchildren, Alexis, Tori, Zoe, Gretchen, Chase, and soon to be born, Brody.

Bev was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Janet, who lived for only an hour after birth; and her husband, Earl.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bev’s memory may be sent to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Foundation, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240 or Hartford Community Church, P.O. Box 460 Canton, ME 04221.

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