Hyannis - Joan E. (Hartnett) Murphy, age 85, went home to Our Lord on Friday, August 30 2019.
She is survived by her husband Deacon Dick Murphy of 59 years; her children Susan, Richard, Patrick, Janice (Smith) and her husband Michael; grandchildren Timothy Murphy, Sean and Jasper Smith and great grandchild Noelle Murphy, daughter of Timothy and his wife Sylvie.
She worked as a telephone operator for New England Tel for over 20 years, but her life’s work was her family, including the foster teens that she nurtured. She was a life-long Catholic with a very strong faith and was connected with God through His Mother Mary. Joan prayed her rosary every day in thanksgiving for saving the life of her son, Richard. She lived her faith through giving of her time, love and cooking; she was famous for her clam chowder, which she made by the gallon and brought into the local jail to feed the men and women who made the many REC (Residents Encounter Christ) retreats. That chowder helped to attract and open the hearts, as well as the stomachs, of many who attended those retreats.
Joanie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed being silly, loved music and had an amazing memory for lyrics. Her time in this world has created a legacy of love for her family, friends and many others. Joan will be deeply missed but never forgotten. The echo of her laughter and smiles will be with her family and friends always.
A wake will be held Sunday Sept 1 from 4-7 pm at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Sept 2 at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St, Hyannis. Interment will follow at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Pine St, Centerville.
In lieu of Flowers donations may be made to Homeless Not Hopeless Inc., 119 Baxter Road, Hyannis 02601 or via the website homelessnothopeless.org.