Elinor E. (Shea) Murphy

  • Born: June 13, 1936
  • Died: February 12, 2020
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Elinor by adding your memories.

Elinor E. (Shea) Murphy, formerly of Melrose and Salem, NH, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 12, 2020. She was 83 years of age.

Ellie was a cherished and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Born in Charlestown, she grew up near Oak Grove in Malden, the fourth of six children to Francis and Helen Shea. She graduated from Malden High School in 1954 and worked for several years for the Boston Gas Company. She later spent more than twenty years in banking where she started with Metropolitan Bank and Trust (Melrose) and retired with Bank of America. Along with her husband, Paul, she raised her family of five children in Melrose and spent her later years in Salem, NH.

Ellie valued family more than anything and was happiest when her home was filled with relatives and friends, especially during the holidays. She encouraged fun and laughter. Those who knew her will remember they always left with a smile after a visit with Ellie. They will also remember that she never hesitated to help a family member or friend in need. She enjoyed needlecraft and created quilts for many people. She also enjoyed playing cards on a weekly basis with friends. She will be missed dearly by her children, grandchildren, sister, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Elinor was the beloved wife of 59 years to the late Paul R. Murphy. Loving mother of Helen Murphy Connors & her husband Timothy of Reading, Kathleen Connors & her late husband Francis of Reading, Patricia Murphy Kavanagh & her husband Michael Kavanagh of Methuen, Paul R. Murphy Jr. & his wife Michele of Melrose and Mark Murphy & his wife Jennifer of Saugus. Proud grandmother of Jason Connors & Grace Murphy, Tarynn & Andrew Connors, James & Luke Smith and Melanie Strain & Matt Kavanagh. Caring sister of Helen Comosa of Georgetown and the late Francis, James, Timothy & Kevin Shea. Also survived by 5 great grandchildren Mackenzie, Jackson, Natalie, Amelia and Madeline, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, February 19th at 9:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 11:00AM. Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Elinor's name to Care Dimensions & Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of the passi g of your Mom. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Susie Daly - Melrose, MA   February 20, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Ellies passing. She was a sweet person and a wonderful friend. She will be truly missed.
Please know that your family is in our prayers. We are sure that she is happy to be reunited with your Dad.
You now have another Angel to watch over all of you.

Janet and Jack

Posted by Janet and Jack Houghton - Salem, NH - Friend   February 19, 2020

Helen, Kathy. Patty, Paul, Mark and Families,

My mother (Marilyn) and I send our condolences. We are so sorry for your loss
Your mother was a wonderful lady and loved by so many.
Your mom is at peace now and happy to be back with your dad.
We send our love and sympathy to you all.
Donna Holahan & Marilyn McIntosh.

Posted by Donna Holahan - Salem, NH - friend   February 18, 2020

Dear Helen, Kathy, Patty, Paul & Mark:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Aunt Ellie, she was a wonderful lady. Aunt Ellie was the anchor of the Shea family, strong and full of great love. I will always be so grateful to her for all her kindness and love she showed to my Dad and I.

My Mum sends her love and sympathy to all of you as well.

Please know you are in our hearts and prayers always.

Posted by David Shea - Milton, MA - Family   February 18, 2020

Kathy , Helen & Family - Although I did not know your Mom personally & I learned of her Great Sense of humor thru the stories I have heard over the years & what Great times you all had as well, She was a trooper right to the end as far as I can tell in the good Hands of her family taking care of her right till the end I know she was Blessed to have such a caring family. Now off to be your Guardian Angel from above she will always be in your hearts, along with Dad you know they are both at peace now. Always hold on the good times & Laugh out loud it helps. Keep the Faith
Your friend

Plymouth Mass

Posted by Barbara Reardon - Plymouth, MA - Family Friend   February 18, 2020

To Ellie's Family
Although many years have passed since I saw Ellie last. I thought of her often. I had the privilege for many years to be Ellie's hairdresser. Over those years I watched all of you grow. And She in turn watched me grow. I always considered her a friend. When my own mother passed 25 years ago. She became a mother figure to me. Checking in on me every Saturday while getting her hair done. Ellie was a wonderful woman. My condolences to each one of you. I remember how much she loved you all. I pray she is at peace and Reunited with your dad. God bless you all at this difficult time.
My deepest Sympathy, Geri (Shear Madness)

Posted by Geri Pompeo - Medford, MA - Friend   February 16, 2020

Elinor was one of my favorite aunts. What I remember about her most is her smile. May you rest in peace

Posted by Michael Cardarelli - Malden, MA   February 14, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   February 13, 2020

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