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Dorothy Ann Murphy peacefully passed on to her heavenly home early December 23rd, 2020 with her loving, caring Achieve family at her side.
Aunt Dottie was born on March 14th, 1932 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY. Her parents were Charles F. Murphy, Sr. and Margaret Susan Jones. She was predeceased by her parents; brothers Charles F. Murphy of Endwell, NY, Thomas E. Murphy Sr. of Port Orange, FL, and Paul Cromwell of Anaheim, CA; and her sister, Bertha Cunningham of Lockport, NY. She is survived by her brother William H. Murphy of Aloha, OR; nephew Thomas E. Murphy, Jr. (Susan) of Hopewell Junction, NY; nieces Natalie M. Bensley (Wayne) of Port Orange, FL and Vicky Lyman (Mark) of Gainesville, VA.; great nephews and nieces Tracey Rosenkrans (Tom Barker) of Chenango Bridge, NY, Jacqueline Rounds (Dennis) of Ballston Spa, NY, and Thomas C. Murphy (Erin) of Chenango Forks, NY; and 7 wonderful great-great nephews and nieces. A longtime friend who is family, Eileen Foley will miss Aunt Dottie as well.
Aunt Dottie had a wonderful life. Her family delighted in her joyful, happy helpful way. She enjoyed caring for people as she was loving, nurturing and loved to put her apron on and cook! This increased considerably when she discovered the Food Channels and “Kicked It Up a Notch; BAM!”
She grew up in the heyday of Johnson City when the Johnson City American Legion was going strong. She attended big events and parties at the Legion and around town. She was a regular fixture right in front of the hopper every Friday night at the Johnson City American Legion bingo game. She loved to travel and early in life flew to California yearly to visit her brothers Bill and Paul. Later in life she flew to Florida to visit her family there. Aunt Dottie surprised us all when she sailed on a Norwegian Cruise Line. She also loved the times she was able to go “campering”, as she would say, with her brother, niece and nephew.
For 27 years she enjoyed the jovial companionship of her big brother Tom and adored her tabby cat Peek a Boo and made sure you knew it!
Aunt Dottie’s faith was very important to her. For as long as she was able to, she attended St. James Catholic Church. She loved to sing at the Folk Mass Sunday mornings. We are especially thankful to all those special people who prayed with her and offered important spiritual guidance when it was needed.
Our family is forever grateful for the entire Achieve Staff past and present who, over the years, provided tireless love, care and a pleasant, healthy home life for Aunt Dottie who was today, at her passing referred to as “the matriarch of her house.” Over 30 years ago Eileen Foley, currently of Lifeplan, stepped into our lives as Aunt Dottie’s care coordinator, always in the background working on Aunt Dottie’s behalf. Eileen became an invaluable advocate and friend. No words can express this family’s gratitude to her personally.
Aunt Dottie retired from ARC and became “bored” so she went back to work. During one of her “careers”, when she “worked”, a Christmas banquet was held and a family member was told how wonderful Dottie’s brand of TLC was…when she made her rounds offering that ever special cup of tea in the executive offices…as she did light housekeeping there! She also packaged silverware and folded laundry with glee for Bates Troy, packaged family snack-pak chips for Frito Lay. She was very well known, loved and appreciated by all of the staff and people she came in contact with at work and home. She really enjoyed her time at Susquehanna Day Habilitation especially the staff and friends she made along the way.
She would often say “is there anything else I can do for you today?” or “How about a nice hot cup of tea???? “and smile sweetly at you...saunter up and hug you ever so gently…. oh…. Aunt Dottie. How We will miss you.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Due to gathering limits and travel restrictions those unable to attend in-person services may watch a livestream video of the funeral online.
A Funeral Mass and burial will occur at a later date to be determined.
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