Gertrude Madeline Murphy, 98, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Friday, April 2, 2021 at her home. “Deany” was born on Sept. 17, 1922 in New Brunswick, Canada. At the age of two, her family moved to Bristol. She was the daughter of the late Charles Francis and Kathleen (Campbell) McGivney.
Following her 1940 Bristol High School graduation, Deany began working for New Departure and later as a longtime press operator for General Motors. In 1948, she married the love of her life, the late William F. Murphy. They enjoyed 46 wonderful years of marriage and were blessed with three children that they raised in Bristol.
Upon retirement, Deany and Billy moved to Old Saybrook. While there, she enjoyed her time painting, knitting, quilting, and playing the piano. In addition to being a talented artist, Deany enjoyed playing golf and taking trips to Ireland with her friends and family. She was a devout Catholic and longtime parishioner at St. John Church.
Above all else, Deany loved and cherished her family. She will be deeply missed by her three children: sons, Michael Murphy and his wife, Nicolette of Old Saybrook, and Kelly Murphy of Willington, and her daughter, Kathleen Marinelli and her husband, Jim of Bristol. Deany also leaves behind her six loving grandchildren: Ryan Labieniec, Ashley, Lauren, and Mackenzie Murphy, Brielle Monaghan, and Kaitlin Hagen; her sister, Marian Przygocki; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her two brothers, Alden and Allison McGivney; her sister, Phyllis Anderson; and her daughter-in-law, Susan Murphy.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. John Roman Catholic Church, located at 161 Main St., Old Saybrook with a private burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, located at 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Deany’s name.