Clara M. Murphy, 75, Cadwell St., wife of Richard Murphy, passed away Tuesday afternoon at the Hospice Residence at the Ellis Farm, Gotham St. following a courageous battle against cancer.
The memorial service will be 11 am Saturday, August 24th at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Burial will follow in North Watertown Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Clara was born October 18, 1937, a daughter to Stanley and Elizabeth Cotter Augustus. She married Richard Murphy, St. Patricks Day, March 17th, 1979. Clara had worked in retail sales for many years. She was an active member of the American Legion Post 61 Auxillary and the VFW. She enjoyed traveling to Gananoque, Ont. Canada with her sister-in-law and best friend Janice Norris.
Clara is survived by her husband, Richard. A daughter and her companion Christy Fowlow Chiumento and Scott Sweeney, Watertown; her step son and his companion Michael Murphy and BettyShannon, Watertown. Five grandchildren Benjamin Burdick, Texas; Kate Fowlow, Watertown; Kelly Matyjakowski, Rochester; Ryan Murphy and Allison Morley, both of Watertown. Seven great grandchildren Nick, Ashley, Gracilyn, Harper, Julia, twins Ella and Owen. A brother Jack Augustus, Brewer, ME. Several nieces and nephews to include Diana Dobson, whom she was close to. Three sisters-in-law, Janice Norris, Beatrice Austin and Ann Hancock.
She was predeceased by four step-children Anthony, Patrick, James and Eleanor Murphy and three brothers, Richard, Buddy and Carlton Augustus.
Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.