Sister Alice Murphy, 80, child care center worker

March 11, 2003

Sister Alice Murphy, a former child care worker and member of the Daughters of Charity, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes at Villa St. Michael, her order's Emmitsburg retirement home. She was 80.

Born Ruth Murphy in Danville, Va., she took the name Sister Alice when she entered the Daughters of Charity in 1941.

She earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg in 1972.

After holding posts in Wilmington, Del., Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., she worked at the St. Vincent Child Care Center in Timonium until 1978.

For the next two years, she was based at the Immaculate Conception parish on Druid Hill Avenue and visited sick residents in nursing homes and apartments.

She then returned to Emmitsburg, where she taught ceramics.

A Mass was offered Saturday in Emmitsburg.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Murphy of Silver Spring.

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