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“Just by chance, I saw this obituary. Knowing Barbara from 100 years ago, what I remember most about her was her constant energy and smiles. To the...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Kelley - Wareham, MA

“So many memories, have known her since the 1970's. Watched her siblings grow up! She was my son's adopted aunt. She took.him to Celtics game when...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Bonnie Finley - Millis, MA

“Donnie, my sincere condolences and prayers go out to you and the Murphy Family. My hope is that your fond memories will comfort and keep you during...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Phyllis Irons-Frank - Waltham, MA

“Last time I saw Barbara was when she came to the house to pick up my sister and husband for a ride to the airport. She was the same, happy, talkative...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Karen DellaCamera-Chiasson - MA

“To the Murphy family, I am deeply saddened by the loss that your family has encountered. My condolences. Barbara will be missed. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: John Conroy - Holden, MA - Friend

“Donny, We want you and your family to know how sad we feel that Barbara passed so suddenly and so young! She was such a wonderful and caring person...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Julie Baxter - Wilmington, DE

“I have fond memories of Barbara up at Sebago lake and how she would always look out for us rambunctious kids and helped teach me to water ski. She...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Timothy Brown - Sudbury, MA

“Barbara was a wonderful person. She was kind, caring and generous. We will miss her and always remember her with great affection. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jay and Mary Hardiman - Mashpee

“Barbara was one of my oldest and best neighborhood friends. Walking daily to school, tea and donuts on the way! Summer trips to the beach and many a...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Susan DellaCamera - Rumney, NH

“Barbra was always a joy to be with. She always had a smile on her face. We had some fun times together back in the day. She will be missed. ♥...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Louise Curry - Waltham, MA

“My relationship with Barbara began with me as her longtime transportation customer but also, I thought of her as a friend. Barbara had an amazing...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Angel Logan - Waltham, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Murphy family and all her close people that were in her life. Barbara was so very kind to my youngest brother (since...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Yvette Abbott - MA - Acquaintance

“Sending prayers and condolences to the family ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: John Duckworth - Waltham, MA


Barbara L. Murphy, of Newton and formerly of Waltham, died at her home on Thursday October 8, 2020. She was 71 years old.

Barbara was born on March 6, 1949, the daughter of the late Richard and Ida (Peters) Murphy. She was raised and educated in Waltham where she lived her entire life before moving to Newton six years ago. After graduating from Waltham High School with the class of 1967 she worked at various local companies in their accounting departments. Later she would own and operate Smurf's Transportation out of Waltham. Barbara was little in stature so naturally her nickname became "Small Murph", hence the name of her company. She loved her job just as much as she did her employees and the interaction she had with the people of Waltham. At the end of the day, her business bottom-line wasn't about revenue but rather the well-being and happiness of those who worked with her.

She loved to follow the local sports teams, her favorites being the Bruins and Celtics. For years she was a Celtics season ticket holder and she delighted in taking relatives to games throughout the year. Being such a diehard fan she was recently interviewed by Brian Scalabrine on the pregame show where she was happy to offer her advice to Coach Stevens live on air. Her happiest moments came from spending time with family. Never having children of her own, she had an extremely close and special relationship with her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed many family trips, always a destination involving a beach; from the family cottage on Sebago Lake to St. Thomas, Siesta Key, Hilton Head and beyond. The only trips not centered around the water were those following the Celtics on away games.

She will be dearly missed by her best friend and nephew Donald Atkinson, her many siblings, Judy Bolton (Bryan) of Buxton, Maine, Richard Murphy (Carol) of Waltham, Patricia Gotsis (George) of Holliston, Barry Murphy of Framingham, Jack Murphy (Kate) of Waltham and Christine Bartlett (Scott) of Bolton; her other12 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews and her great-great grandniece.

Family and friends will honor and remember Barbara's life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, October 16th from 4 to 7 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. Burial will take place privately in the family lot at Mt. Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Barbara had a love for animals and had rescued several dogs and cats from shelters throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Plymouth Pound. This is the rescue where she got her latest dog, Zoomie.

www.friendsplymouthpound.org

Friends of the Plymouth Pound
P.O. Box 578
Manomet, MA 02345