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Ethel Murphy

d. October 16, 2022

  • Funeral Location:Northumberland Funeral Home Chapel
  • Resting Location:Northumberland Funeral Home
  • Wishes:Donations may be made to a memorial of one’s choice
  • Ethel Lydia (Polley) Murphy, of Miramichi, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, at the age of 95.

    Born in Clones, NB, she was the daughter of the late Harry G. and Elsie (Reader) Polley. She was a homemaker, avid reader, ambitious cook, talented at needlework, quilting, and knitting. She never missed Coronation Street, and was a Royals enthusiast.

    She loved to walk in the woods, always carrying a plastic bag in her pocket in case she stumbled upon a berry patch, or anything else she could turn into jelly when she got home, and a big stick.
    She was a gardener. Even at 94 she tended to her gardens, both vegetable and flower, weeding, saving seeds, drying flowers, and preserving her harvest.

    On a nice day, she could usually be found sitting out in the carport with a cup of tea(lots of milk).

    She will be greatly missed by her three children Linda Roy (Ron) of Vernon, BC, John Murphy (Sylvia) of Miramichi, and George Murphy of Fort McMurray, AB; one brother Walter Polley (Greta) of Sussex; nine grandchildren Cathy Roy (Will), Greg Roy (Carly), Michael Quinn (Sylvia), Sean Quinn (Danielle), and Stephen Quinn (Cathy); Kelly St-Onge (Denis), Matthew Murphy (Kaye- Lani), Brian Murphy, and Alexandra Murphy; seventeen great grandchildren (Max, Rowan, Sam, Gavin, Katie, Sarah, Elizabeth, Daniel, Maureen, Jayden, Caley, Harrison, Riley, Adria, Willoughby, Sophia, Jackson),and several nieces and nephews.

    Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Arthur Murphy; and three brothers Charlie Polley (Late Marion), Bill Polley (Late Jean), and Spencer Polley; and grandson Beau Quinn.

    The family will receive relatives and friends from Northumberland Funeral Home on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday October 21, 2022, at Northumberland Funeral Home Chapel, at 11 am, with Pastor Kevin Matthews officiating. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery.

    For those unable to attend, you may join virtually at the link below:

    Meeting ID: 856 8201 7763
    Passcode: 452038

    As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to a memorial of one's choice.

    Funeral arrangements are in the care of Northumberland Funeral Home, 102 Pleasant St, telephone (506) 622-7741
    To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ethel Murphy, please visit our flower store.


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