Virginia (Roche) Slade Murphy

December 19, 2005

Virginia (Roche) Slade Murphy

VIRGINIA “GINNY” (ROCHE) SLADE MURPHY – in Bolton, formerly of Woburn, Monday, December 19th. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Murphy and Prescott Slade. Devoted sister of Rev. Msgr. William Roche of Regina Cleri, Boston, Richard Roche of Woburn and Janice Salvesen of Winthrop. Loving aunt of Kjerstin, Gretchen and Bryant Salvesen, Barbara Brady, Richard Roche Jr.and Joan Roche Nepolitano. Also survived by many loving cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated by her brother, the Rev. Msgr. William H. Roche, in St. Francis Xavier Church, Main Street, Rte 117, Bolton, on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. Donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to Bridges to Community, c/o Dr. Brian Lisse, Powder Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740 or to Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D-225, Shirley, MA 01464. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

Directions to St. Francis Xavier from Woburn and north: Rt 3 North to 495 South, Exit 27, take right off the exit heading into Bolton on Rt 117, after the flashing lights and library, there is a slight bend and the church will be on your left.

OBITUARY:

Virginia (Roche) Slade Murphy passed away peacefully at her home in Bolton on Monday morning, December 19th. The beloved wife of the late Thomas Murphy and Prescott Slade, she was eighty-six years of age. Born in Woburn, Ginny, as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of the late William and Marguerite L. (Manning) Roche. The family made their home in the South End of Woburn where Ginny attended St. Charles Elementary and High School graduating with the Class of ’37. She continued her education at Regis College in Weston where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Science in 1941. She continued further studies at Simmons in Boston. After graduating she was employed for a brief time at General Electric as a Special Librarian. She later took a similar position at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In 1948, Ginny married Prescott Slade who passed away unexpectedly in 1950. She was later married to Thomas Murphy, a Professor at the University of Lowell, to whom she was devoted for over twenty years. They maintained homes in both Winthrop, where they summered and Bolton, their homestead which was built in 1741 by Bolton’s first Minister, Rev. Thomas Goss. The community of Bolton was very dear to Ginny as she maintained a special interest in Town activities for over fifty years. Although quiet in her demeanor, she actively participated at Town meetings and would not hesitate to voice a contrary opinion. Ginny was an avid reader throughout her life and maintained an extensive library which reflected her interests on a myriad of subjects and genres. She always made it a point to read the daily edition of the Bolton’s Citizens News of which she was editor for a number of years.

Despite her devotion to numerous organizations and activities, family was foremost in her life. They enjoyed gathering together to travel, ski, listen to music, especially classical music which she was immensely fond of. Often times they gathered just to share lively conversation. Ginny and her husband, often with family members, traveled extensively throughout the world. While visiting a small mountain village, Beit Meri in Lebanon, they decided to take up residence there for two and a half years. During that time, her nieces and nephews would visit and from there they traveled throughout the Middle East. While visiting Egypt, Ginny acquired a great passion for Egypt and its magnificent artifacts. She was a contributor and lifelong member of the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Friends of Egyptian Arts. An ardent music lover, she was also a Charter Member of the Baroque Society and Celebrity Music Series. She was the Assistant Director of the DeCordava Museum in Lincoln and a library volunteer at Mass General Hospital.

Virginia Slade Murphy had friends throughout the world and continued to nuture those friendships right up until the end of her life. She shared her love, her life and her knowledge with everyone she met. Her thoughtful ways and generosity will warm the hearts and minds of all those who had the pleasure of knowing her for many years to come.

Virginia was predeceased by her husbands, Thomas Murphy and Prescott Slade.

She is survived by her siblings, Rev. Msgr. William Roche of Regina Cleri, Boston, Richard Roche of Woburn and Janice Salvesen of Winthrop, her nieces and nephews, Kjerstin, Gretchen and Bryant Salvesen, Barbara Brady, Richard Roche Jr. and Joan Roche Nepolitano. Also lovingly survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated by her brother, the Rev. Msgr. William H. Roche, in St. Francis Xavier Church, Main Street, Rte 117, Bolton, on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. Donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to Bridges to Community, c/o Dr. Brian Lisse, Powder Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740 or to Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D-225, Shirley, MA 01464. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. For further directions www.lynch-cantillon.com.

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  1. Fondest memories of a Free Spirit…Virginia did things,in tune w/ the Universe,but w/ a dash of pepper. Her way!!! Ask any Former Town of Winthrop Official….They will all recall Virginia and her knowledge of her rights as a property owner, in their Town (Her Town, Too, never doubt it.)And,… Paper Roads? Don’t think, so. Right on, Ginny. Always the Lady…but ever the Defender of Justice for All.She will be missed.(And so shall Her Bolton Cider) xxoo

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