Family was the most important part of her life

Published in the September 15, 2016 edition

MELROSE — Ann Marie (Ahearn) Murphy, of Melrose died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Sept. 7, 2016 at the age of 72. Ann was born in Boston, raised in Dorchester and Charlestown and was a graduate of Gate of Heaven High School in South Boston. She resided in Charlestown for many years and Melrose since 1973.

Ann worked in the admitting office at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Melrose for 20 years before her retirement in 1990. She enjoyed music, dancing, singing and vacationing in York Beach, ME. Ann’s family was the most important part of her life and she loved to spend her time with her grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of the late William H. “Billy” Murphy for 48 years and the devoted daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (McDonough) Ahearn. She was the loving mother of Brian F. Murphy and his wife Michelle of Weymouth, Brenda A. Kopylov and her husband Andrei of North Reading and Steven W. Murphy and his wife Tara of Saugus. She was the cherished grandmother of Liam and Margaret Murphy, Sean Kopylov and Owen and Fiona Murphy. She was the caring sister of the late Gail F. Ahearn and Ruth M. Ahearn and the sister–in–law of Jane Papasodoro and her husband Walter of Saugus. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 13, followed by her funeral on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 429 Upham St., Melrose.  Burial was  in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann Marie’s name to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.