Mary Ellen Murphy, 75, returned to her heavenly home on December 20th, 2019 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her firm belief in God supported her in her struggles and ultimately gave her peace in life and also in death. Born August 2 1944, to the late Edward and Winifred Whelan of Brooklyn NY, she was immersed into the Catholic faith that would remain her lifelong support from an early age.
Mary was blessed to be raised in a loving family, including two brothers, Ed and Frank Whelan, and a sister, Patricia Wilson. Mary was a homemaker before starting a career for the National Park Service, both Gateway National Park and the Statue of Liberty. When Mary relocated to Monroe, NY she worked in retail, as a Nursing Assistant and her last and favorite role of all; Pet Sitter.
Mary is survived by her three loving children; Robert P. Murphy and his wife Cindy of Pensacola, FL, Patricia A Esham and her husband Josh of Riverside, CA, George E Murphy and his wife Dina of Patterson, NY and nine grandchildren, Bobby, Ryan, Brendan, Kaitlin, Matthew, Riley, Kylie, Connor, and Thomas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a host of long time friends.
Mary was a proud member of AA and will be missed very much both by those who sat along side her in the recovery community and those she helped in both sobriety and faith. She proudly celebrated twenty four years sobriety this past September.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 at Beecher Funeral Home- 1 Putnam Ave Brewster, NY from 2-4pm and 6:30-8:30pm. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Saturday December 28, 2019 at 10am at St James the Apostle Church- 14 Gleneida Ave Carmel, NY.