Marion's Story

MILLINOCKET - Marion A. Murphy, 84, passed Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at a Millinocket hospital. She was born January 23, 1931, in East Millinocket, the daughter of Walter W. and Leah M. (Nisbett) Bartlett.

Marion grew up in East Millinocket, and was a graduate of Schenck High School, class of 1949. She married Robert C. Murphy shortly after graduating, and they lived in Millinocket for all their married life. Marion worked at Vicki's Store in Millinocket. Marion was an avid beano attendee, loved the slots, and enjoyed socializing with her friends. She was a traveler, taking several bus trips, and, in recent years, travelled by airplane to visit her grandchildren, which was quite an experience for her! She was a very independent lady, and danced to the beat of her own drum. For the last few years, she has loved living with her "second family" at Stearns Assisted Living in Millinocket, where she has worked on her word search puzzles, followed sports - especially her beloved Red Sox, and continued to socialize. Marion will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann Grunthaler and her husband, Rick of Millinocket; two granddaughters and their families - Sara Kunkle and her husband, Kevin, and their children, Noah and Carly, all of Greer, South Carolina, and Hanna Gamache and her husband, Nicholas, and their children, Henry and Amy, all of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; a brother, Ora "Sonny" Bartlett of East Millinocket; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Marion was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Robert C. Murphy, who died in 2003.

Funeral services will be private. Gifts in memory of Marion may be sent to the Stearns Assisted Living Resident Activity Fund, C/O Kathy Grant, 80 Maine Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
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