Margaret R. Murphy, 92, homemaker

October 05, 2006

Margaret R. Murphy, a homemaker and longtime member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, died Saturday at the Brightwood nursing home in Lutherville of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 92.

She was born Margaret Angie Robertson and raised in Dunmore, Pa. In 1938, she married Paul James Murphy.

The couple moved to Royston Avenue in 1952.

Mr. Murphy, a district manager for the Baltimore Insurance Co., died in 1979.

Mrs. Murphy taught Sunday school at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, where she had been president of the women's association.

"Her major hobby was trying to get us to read the Bible," said a son, Brian R. Murphy of Hamilton.

Mrs. Murphy was a member of Opti-Mrs., the women's auxiliary of the Optimist Club. She also was an avid Scrabble player, family members said.

For the past two years, she was a resident of Quail Run, a Carney assisted-living facility, and had moved to Brightwood several weeks ago.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Also surviving are three other sons, Paul J. Murphy Jr. of Hampton Roads, Va., Richard T. Murphy of Wilson Point and Kevin E. Murphy of Gardenville; two daughters, Carolyn L. Dabirsiaghi of Glen Arm and Sharon M. Sartor of Willingboro, N.J.; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Douglas E. Murphy, died in 2003.

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