Sarah J. "Sally" Murphy

FORT FAIRFIELD - Sarah J. "Sally" Murphy, 83, wife of the late Donald H. Murphy, passed away Friday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2014, at a Presque Isle health care facility, following an extended illness. She was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Alfred and Sarah (Carrigan) Goodwin.

She was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School, class of 1950 and was married to Donald H. Murphy on Sept. 7, 1950. Sally was fond of playing cards, music, and dancing. She also enjoyed creating crafts, and going to garage sales. However her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Sally was predeceased by her husband, Donald on Jan. 29, 2008; two grandchildren, Sydney and Samantha Watt; three brothers, William "Bill," Ralph and Harold Goodwin; and three sisters, Harriett "Mabel" Whitmore, Marilyn Goodwin, and Gladys Howlett. She is survived by four daughters, Pamela J. Kaucher of Fort Fairfield, Lynn Billings and her husband, Kent, of Stewartstown, Pa., Sally J. Burnell of Fort Fairfield, and Anna M. Watt and her husband, Timothy, of Fort Fairfield; one son, Barry D. Murphy and his wife, Donna, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; ten grandchildren, Kenneth Kaucher Jr. of St. Louis, Amy Billings Bedford of Austin, Texas, Marcus Billings of York, Pa., Connor and Logan Murphy of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Timothy Burnell of Columbia, S.C., Angela Burnell King of Washburn, Ashley Bouchard, Keegan and Sarah Watt, all of Fort Fairfield; seven great-grandchildren, Joshua, Noah and Brody Bedford of Austin, Texas, Christian and Addison Billings of York, Pa., Aubree and Timothy James Burnell of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Vera Johnston of Fort Fairfield, currently residing in Mars Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where the funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron Doughty officiating. Interment will take place at the St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield, at a later date. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will take place after the funeral at the VFW Paul Lockhart Post Number 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Murphy to the Ronald McDonald House, Our House of Maine, Inc., 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401; or the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home

Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc.
144 Main Street Fort Fairfield, ME 04742
(207) 472-4731

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 20, 2014