HAMPDEN - Laura Mae (Huntley) Murphy, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 19, 2015, at a Brewer health care facility. She was born July 29, 1921, in Sherman, the daughter of Winfield S. and Myra M. (Bryant) Huntley.
During World War II, Laura worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and returned to Maine in 1945. She met her dear husband of 60 years, W. Newton Murphy, while in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Johns Hopkins Laboratory. She was a long-time member of the Newburg Full Gospel Church. Laura was a Sunday School and junior church teacher at Glad Tidings church for many years. She graduated from Beal's Business College and retired from the Byron H. Smith & Co. after 26 years of employment.
She is survived by her children, Katherine L. Smith and husband, Gary, of Glenburn and Michael N. Murphy and wife, Carol, of Glenburn; two sisters, Margaret Corey of Winterport and Althea Huntley of Bangor; two brothers, Kenneth Huntley and wife, Maxine, and Ira Huntley and wife, Sally, all of Hampden; grandchildren, Brian Willis of Texas, Paul Willis and wife, Michelle, of Hampden, Shannon Carter and husband, Matthew, Brandon Murphy all of Florida and Caitlin Cammack of Glenburn; great-grandchildren, Brian A. Willis of Hampden; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a foster son, Clarence "Johnny" Briggs; a grandson, Kevin Murphy; a great-grandson, Oliver M. Carter; two brothers, George and Winfield Huntley; one brother-in-law, Arthur Corey; two nieces and two nephews. She will be missed by special friend and prayer partner, Leora Ladd; and a special thanks to Michelle Willis for the loving care she provided Laura over the years. The family would like to thank the staff of Brewer Rehabilitation and Living center for their care and compassion.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, with the Rev. Brent Trueworthy, pastor of the Newburg Full Gospel Church, officiating. Friends are welcome to visit with the family one hour prior to the service. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, following the service. Gifts in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate, 80 Elm St., Portland, ME 04401-3045. Private interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Hampden.