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Obituary: Eleanor M. Murphy
“Queen of the Party”

Published in Lowell Sun on June 5, 2016

CHELMSFORD — Eleanor 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.

MURPHY — Eleanor M. (Fahey) Murphy, 82, of Chelmsford, MA, died June 4, 2016. At her request, there will be no visiting hours. Please join Eleanor’s family for a Funeral Mass Wed. at 11 am 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 Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574, ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at