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Gladys J. (Richardson) Murphy

Gladys J. (Richardson) Murphy
  • June 16, 1931 - December 2, 2016
  • Watertown, Massachusetts

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“My deepest condolences go out to the Murphy family and friends. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Patricelli - Friend

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the Murphy Family. We were so sorry to hear of Mrs. Murphy's sudden passing. "Death leaves a heartache no one...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Heidi and William Monroy - MA

“To the Murphy Family, I am devastated, and saddened, to hear the shocking news of your Mom's passing There are no words to express the incredible...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jeanne Iodice, and family - MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Murphy clan. What a wonderful video tribute you shared on the website. An amazing testimony to the true...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Robn Richardson-Oorcutt - NH

“My condolences to the entire Murphy family, especially my old friends the Sanchez. My god has it been awhile, June and robbie, I don't recognize...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Hall - Plymouth, MA

“Sincere condolences to my brother-in-law Scott Murphy and his family. Gladys was such a sweet loving woman. She is now in Gods arms and with all her...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy & John Tetrault-MacDonald - FL

“The Dearest, Sweetest woman ever!!! We are so crushed to hear of Gladys's passing. Gladys & I were in Fire-wives together for many years. She was...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin & Carol Quinn - Belmont, MA

“My deepest sympathy to Sandy, Scott ,Pam, Mark, and Dennis. I will miss my beautiful and amazing Aunt. May she rest in peace knowing that her family...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Holleran - Wareham, MA


Watertown – Mrs. Gladys J. (Richardson) Murphy, of Watertown, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge. She was 85.

Gladys was born in Waltham on June 16, 1931, a daughter of the late Walter and Thelma (Horne) Richardson, and was a 1949 graduate of Waltham High School.

She moved to Watertown following her marriage to Lucius P. Murphy who would later become a Watertown firefighter. The couple enjoyed thirty-eight years of marriage before Lucius' death in October, 1987.

Gladys belonged to the Watertown Firefighters Wives and had been a longtime member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 14 in Watertown.

She was a devoted mother, proud grandmother and a doting great-grandmother. Gladys was never one to miss a pageant, a play, a hockey game or the special occasions that brought her family together . . . she was just terrific fulfilling her role as matriarch of the Murphy clan.

She leaves her children, Sandra Sanchez and her husband, Robert, of Stow, Scott Murphy and his wife, Deborah, of Marshfield, Pamela Fraser and her husband, Joseph, of Waltham, Mark Murphy and his wife, Katherine, of Waltham and Dennis Murphy of Watertown; her sister and brothers, Martha Holmes of Waltham, Walter "Buddy" Richardson and his wife, Janice, of Marlboro and Roger Richardson and his wife, Elfrieda, of Waltham; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Gladys was also a sister of the late Eva Wallace, William Richardson, Olive Richardson and Judith Bamforth.

Family and friends will honor and remember Gladys' life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, December 5th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.