Ruth Ann (DeOreo) Murphy

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North Andover, MA - Ruth A. Murphy of North Andover, Mass. age 78, passed away Wednesday February 6, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 11, 1940, in Lawrence, Mass. to parents Peter and Margaret De Orio. She graduated Lawrence High School in 1958. It was there where she met her lifelong friend and high school sweetheart, Paul Murphy. They were married soon after graduation on October 3rd, 1958, and have been married ever since. She worked for Avon for several years and won several sales awards while simultaneously raising 3 children. She went on to be a receptionist at Neiman Press and Wyatt labs, where she retired. She was devoted to her religion and St. Michaels Church in North Andover. Besides attending weekly services she would open the church for Adorations. She was also part of a prayer shawl group, organized by the church, where she would crochet shawls and blankets for those in need. She was a prolific crocheter. Every family member has beautiful blankets she hand crafted. She enjoyed her summers at Salisbury beach viewing the ocean and entertaining family and friends. She loved to exercise and would regularly go on walks, lift weights and ride her stationary bicycle. She was also fond of the card game 45’s and played it with family and friends for years. Ruth was a member of the class of ’58 reunion committee where she enjoyed reminiscing with old friends.
She will be remembered by her family as a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, who was the best cook around.
Ruth is survived by her husband Paul, her daughter Kathleen, and sons Mark (wife Jill) and Sean (wife Jennifer). Additional survivors are her sister, Angela Buzzell and her husband Leon. She will be sorely missed by her adoring grandchildren Eliza, Jennifer, Olivia and Julia.


Calling hours will be held on Sunday February 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Conte Funeral Home in North Andover. Please join us in celebrating Ruth this Monday February 11 at St. Michaels Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made in Ruth's name to a charity of one's choice.
Published on February 9, 2019
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