Terese M. (Cullen) Murphy

September 16, 2020

Terese M. (Cullen) Murphy

Terese M. (Cullen) Murphy – of Acton, formerly of Woburn, peacefully, September 16th. Beloved wife of the late John C. Murphy. Devoted mother of June Morris, her husband James of Andover, Barbara Ahern, her husband Brian of Acton and Terrie Firestone, her husband Curtis of Hillsborough, CA.  Dear grandmother of John Ahern, his wife Kirstie of NM, Darcy Ahern of CT and Ryan and Collin Firestone of CA.  At the families request and due to the current health crisis, there are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, on Thursday, September 24th at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.

Terese M. (Cullen) Murphy – 93, passed away on Wednesday September 16th at her daughter Barbara Ahern’s home in Biddeford Pool, Maine.   Terese was the widow of John C. Murphy who passed away in January 2020.  Born in Stoneham, Ma. Terese was the beloved only child of Gertrude (Murphy) Cullen and Jack Cullen of Malden, Ma. Terese enjoyed a fun filled childhood especially summering on the shores at Hampton Beach every year. It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the seashore.  She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Malden, in 1944 and attended Emmanuel College.

  In 1948 she married “Johnny” Murphy and moved to Woburn.  Terese and Johnny lived and worked in Woburn for the next sixty-eight years raising their three daughters, June, Barbara and Terrie.  Terese worked at the Cambridge District Court and then the Woburn District Court as an administrative clerk.  But Terese was not a career girl, her children were the focus of her life, first last and always. Terese loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with her children and grandchildren to Hawaii, Paris , London,  Ireland , Bermuda, Florida  and of course California.

 Terese was a mom who really listened, truly cared and sacrificed to help her girls. All three girls earned advanced degrees and built successful lives with her support.   Terese’s involvement and devotion never waivered whether they were 15 or 50 years old.  Terese always held her girls close, but with an open hand allowing them the freedom to spread their wings and find their own paths.  She was there to lend a helping hand or sympathetic ear.  Terese had four grandchildren, Cory, Darcy, Ryan and Collin.  They lit up her life with joy.  She was happiest when talking, playing or just being with them.  They all new they had the truest friend in the world in Grandma.  Like the Giving Tree in Shel Silversteins famous book, Terese gave all she had to her children and grandchildren. 

In 2016, Terese went to live with her daughter Barbara, her husband Brian and their dog Beau.  It was a very special time for all of them.  A time filled with laughter and love, hot fudge sundaes and walks down memory lane.  Terese was so happy to be summering again by the sea. 

The wide world we live in may not notice Terrie’s passing, but her life was a life truly well lived.  She chose wisely in devoting her life to her family and friends.  She will never be forgotten.  She will live on forever in the lives of her children and grandchildren. 

Terese is held in loving memory by her three daughters, June Morris, her husband James of Andover, Barbara Ahern, her husband Brian of Acton and Terrie Firestone, her husband Curtis of Hillsborough, CA.  As well as her dear grandchildren John Cory Ahern, his wife Kirstie of NM, Darcy Ahern of CT and Ryan and Collin Firestone of CA.

At the families request and due to the current health crisis, there are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, on Thursday, September 24th at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.

 

At the families request and due to the current health crisis, there are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, on Thursday, September 24th at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.

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  1. Dear June and Jim,
    I am terribly sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a lovely, sweet Lady. Please know that I will keep all of you in my prayers. Patty (Lucas) Padden

  2. I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with her

  3. Maureen Garrity-Bourke

    Terese Murphy was my aunt. Put simply, she was lovely! She was a woman of great dignity, intelligence and was meticulous in her appearance. Terese was also funny, she had great facial expressions that went along with a story you might be telling. I always really liked her and will miss her .
    May she rest in God’s Peace.
    My sympathy to my cousins.

    Maureen Garrity-Bourke

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