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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Betty (74) kept an open door

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:38

The late Betty Murphy

THE HUGE crowd in attendance at the funeral of Betty Murphy fittingly reflected the popularity of the Ross woman in her home town.

From Fair Gate in the Bullawn, Betty is survived by her husband Jimmy; daughter, Lisa and Catherine; siblings Nancy, Catherine, Jack, Mickie, Ann and Patsy; grandchildren Joseph, Patrick, Paul, Sarah, Olivia and Seamus; extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Nancy and Patrick and siblings Mai and Bobby.

Born Betty Richardson, the third eldest of nine children, she attended St Joseph's NS before going on to help look after many of her siblings after her parents died at a young age.

She married Jimmy Murphy and the happy couple had two children and lived in Betty's family home, where she kept an open door and loved entertaining guests.

From a young age Betty loved to knit, and over the years she made many fine items of clothing for her children and nephews and nieces.

Catherine said her mother could always be seen with a child on her lap and loved spending time with her grandchildren. 'She was very loving and always had kids on her lap. Children would always brighten up her life and she was always surrounded by kids from when she raised many of her siblings and nephews and niece.'

Being around children constantly made Betty young at heart. She was very close to her sister Catherine, with whom she whiled away many an afternoon walking.

Catherine described her mother as an outspoken, warm and friendly woman who wouldn't hesitate to tell you what was on her mind.

A home bird at heart, Betty's only break from routine came with her annual family trip to Tramore, which she looked forward to every year.

Betty passed away suddenly at her home on March 1, aged 74. A huge crowd attended her funeral Mass at St Mary's and St Michael's and her burial afterwards at St Stephen's Cemetery.

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