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Elizabeth A. "Liz" (Whitney) Murphy

HAVERHILL: Elizabeth A. "Liz" (Whitney) Murphy, 91, passed away on February 9, 2014 at Merrimack Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late John J. Murphy.

Born in Haverhill on February 27, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Bernard B. and Beulah (Hill) Whitney.

Liz was a life long resident of Haverhill who graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1939, and continued her education graduating from Katherine Gibbs School in Boston. She joined Bell Labs where she worked twenty-four years before retiring as a draftsman in 1986. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for many years where she participated with the Westminster Guild in organizing the church's monthly bean suppers. Her many civic activities included member and treasurer of the Haverhill Garden Club, member of Haverhill City Club, Women's Benevolent Society, DAR, and volunteering at the Open Hand Pantry. As an accomplished soloist Liz sang with the Handel and Haydn Society, and she and her husband sang at many local weddings and funerals.

Liz is survived by her daughters, Gayle Murphy and husband Richard of Plaistow, Mary E. Robertson and husband Dan of Haverhill; son, Bernard D. Murphy and wife Marie of Haverhill; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Murphy of Haverhill; grandchildren, William Sisson, Daniel, Timothy and Christopher Robertson, John, Colleen, Patrick and Grace Murphy; great grandson, Brennan Sisson, and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late John E. Murphy, and sister of the late Bernard G. and Gaylord H. Whitney.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Thursday, February 13th , at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Calling hours at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be on Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

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