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Ellen E. Murphy

MILLERTON — Ellen E. Murphy, 68, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away June 28, 2010, after a brief illness, with her family by her side. She was the wife of James Murphy, whom she married on Sept. 7, 1963.

She was born Ellen E. Hale on July 8, 1942. She grew up in Rhinebeck and spent much of her life with her husband and family on Long Island in New York. She and her husband moved to Millerton in 1996.

For the past 14 years, she and her husband renovated their home, and shared it with many people. Traver Place became the hub and safe haven for the several friends and even a few wayward souls who might need a place to stay.

She had a passion for cooking, be it everyday meals for the family, the many parties that she and her husband threw for friends or the annual cookies at Christmastime for the neighborhood.

She loved traveling, sewing and creating and spending time with her grandchildren, and she looked forward to weekend tag sales. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.

She was a member of the Millerton American Legion Post 178 Ladies Auxiliary and delivered Meals-on-Wheels for several years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Robert Murphy and his wife, Suzanne, and their two daughters, Allison and Amanda, all of Amenia; her daughter, Erin, and her husband, Peter Yustat, and their daughter, Claire, and son, Wyatt, all of Long Island, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 9, at the Valentine Funeral Home in Millerton at 2:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of her life and barbecue at her home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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