Eleanor M. Murphy “Queen of the Party”


5809 MurphyEleanor Marie (Fahey) Murphy, 82, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, MA died Saturday morning, June 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was married to James W. Murphy with whom she would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2016.

The daughter of the late John and Eleanor Fahey of Salem, MA, She was a graduate of Salem High School Class of 1951.

She had been employed with Pepperidge Farm of Nashua, NH. Later, she worked at Hawthorne Suites of Chelmsford along with her close friend Betty McNamara of Chelmsford.

She was an active communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, MA, where she was a former member of the parish’s sodality group.

She volunteered with the Chelmsford Town Clerk’s Office for elections and census. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Eleanor was a life-long Boston sports fan with a special place in her heart for the Red Sox.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Karen and her husband, Ted Ruder of Middletown, CT, Laura and her husband, Paul Goldberg of Chelmsford, MA, and Barbara Murphy of Chelmsford, MA; four sons and their wives, Ret. Chelmsford Police Chief, James F. and Kristine Murphy of Nashua, NH, Edward and Ellen Murphy of Chelmsford, MA, Stephen and Susan Murphy of Danvers, MA, and John and Eva Murphy of Longwood, FL; 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was the grandmother of the late Benjamin Goldberg of Chelmsford, and the sister of the late Barbara Lynch of Marblehead, MA.

At her request there will be no visiting hours. Please join Eleanor’s family for a Funeral Mass Wed. at 11am at St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, MA. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to either Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Flr., Princeton, NJ 08540, www.autismspeaks.org or Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA 02574, www.ccals.org.


June 8, 2016
11:00 AM
St. Mary's Church, Chelmsford
  1. Marsha and Richard says:

    Meg and family
    The heart has its own memory and I hope that in your nannie’s memory
    You will discover the rich legacy she has left you and find comfort

    With love and strength

    Marsha and Richard

  2. Carol Lee Collins says:

    Sorry for your loss! You are in my prayers Mrs. Carol lee Clark Collins!

  3. Carolyn (Pierce) Duffy says:

    So sorry for your great loss of the party girl. My family and I have many years of great memories of her giggles and many stories. Our prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Love to all.

  4. Father Ren Tocci says:

    The prayers of the St. Mary’s community are with you all in this difficult time. May God bless you.

    • Karen Ruder says:

      Thank you for a beautiful funeral mass; my mother was all about the mass…she would have loved it..life will never be the same without our mother..she will be soooo missed…she is at peace, and we will all meet again..for now; in our hearts always..

  5. Laurie Ash says:

    Dear Family.
    It is with sadness I write to you today. We will all miss Ellie and her wonderful personality. She could always make you laugh and smile. She was a wonderful neighbor & friend. Its hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were all a special part of a well-lived life. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

    with love to you all
    Paul & Laurie Ash

    • Karen Ruder says:

      You and Paul have been such wonderful neighbors and friends to both of my parents..Ellie raved about your orange cake..I think my father would have it for breakfast on occasion; thank you for your kind words..my Mom will be sorely missed..life will never be the same, but she will remain in our hearts always!! God bless

  6. Scott Bell says:

    To the Murphy family, on behalf of the Bells, our thoughts and hearts are with you. I know Mrs. Murphy was so loved and will be deeply missed. There are many wonderful and often hysterically funny memories that many of us have because of her great kids, and that is a legacy all of us as parents aspire to leave behind. Murph, I will especially be thinking of you.

  7. Chuck McHugh says:

    Ed and family,

    Sorry to hear about your mom. Her obituary write-up sounds like she was a fun person. so, sorry for your loss.

    Chuck and Karen McHugh

  8. Hanzlicek Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. You all are in my daily thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  9. Fran Rysz says:

    Murphy Family, We are so sorry for loss. Ellie was an amazing and fun loving person. Our son Steve spent many happy hours at the Murph home. We always knew that he was in good hands at 16 McIntosh thanks to Ellie. Thinking of you.
    Fran and Fran Rysz

    • Steve Murphy says:

      Thanks Fran and Fran
      Ellie always enjoyed having Steve over to 16 McIntosh throughout the years. We shared so many great times and laughs while growing up together…. Ellie definitely lived her life to the fullest! Thanks for the nice message, my Family and I appreciate it very much

      Stephen Murphy

  10. Frank Rouine says:

    Jim, Kris and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  11. Kristen Antonello says:

    Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family, John. I’m sure she was a very proud mom who will now be a loving guardian angel to all of you. – Kristen

  12. Garold and Robin Canady says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  13. Brian and Bonnie McNeil says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss John. May your memories of all the happy times together and the love from your family and friends help get you through this difficult time…. Our thoughts, prayers and condolence are with you and your family.

    Brian and Bonnie

  14. Susan Goodwin says:

    To John the Murphy family, I am so sorrry for your loss. It sounds like she was a terrific lady. John, you have been the son that all mothers would wish to have.

  15. Tessie Young says:

    John, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs to you GH.


  16. Jill and Len Melanson says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest smypathies. The Melanson Family.

  17. Ben & Lisa Heugel says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to the Murphy family. Many friends from Cigna have your family in our thoughts & prayers.

  18. Judy Frongillo says:

    To the Murphy family. Richard and I were so sorry to read of Ellie’s passing. We are away in Maryland and will not be home until Friday. We will attend Mass on Wednesday at Davids parish. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. I know Ellie will be the life of the party in Heaven. She was such a great person, wife and mother and grandmother. Rest in Peace. Judy and Richard Frongillo and familh.

  19. Steve Curran says:

    I always felt welcomed at your home because of Ellie…her laugh and love for her family was second to none…our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family from Western NY…R.I.P.

    The Currans

  20. Kristen Krzesinski says:

    So very sorry to all the Murphy family on such a great loss. I had the great pleasure of doing her hair and loved her dearly. I will miss her terribly but know she is at peace and no more suffering. We enjoyed many fun stories over the years. Ellie was an amazing beautiful lady.Rest in eternal peace until we meet again my friend!

    • Karen Ruder says:

      Thank you Kristen..living in Connecticut, I did not get to see you often..Laura mostly took my mom to her hair appointments..she always talked about you and your family..she loved getting her hair done when she felt up to it..made her feel so good..thank you for that!! You have sent her some nice cards over the past years; we appreciate your prayers and kindness..Ellie was a very special mom and a great friend to all!!

  21. Janice Babin says:

    Remembering many fun times with Ellie. She kept everyone laughing and loved relaying stories of her family. May the party continue in heaven. She I’ll be missed here

  22. Mary Jo & Craig Chandonnet says:

    To the Murphy Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. We will always remember her giggle and funny stories. She truly was the queen of the party. Our Deepest Sympathies.

  23. Erin & Mark says:

    So sorry for your loss. Though it seems she lived her life to its fullest and was so special to all of you! May she rest in peace!

  24. Justine Keenan says:

    Kris and Justine
    We never met her but heard so many great stories around the camp fire with Jim and Kris. What a great lady she was.

  25. Kim and Dan says:

    Ellie so full of life and laughter. Warm and welcoming and always a smile. A pleasure to have known you.

    My heart goes out to Jim and your family.

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