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Mary Ellen Murphy
Nov. 30, 1926 ~ Sept. 21, 2017 Resident of San Jose
Mary Ellen Murphy joined the Lord in San Jose, California where she lived for forty- seven years. She was born and reared in Salt Lake City with parents John and Mary Murphy and brothers Robert, Paul and Charlie. She graduated from the University of Utah and became a receptionist to Governor J. Bracken Lee. After obtaining a teaching certificate and Masters of Education she completed thirty-six years teaching in elementary schools; twentyfours years in the Campbell School District.

She was an aunt to nine nephews and nieces, thirteen grand-nephews and nieces, and four great-grand nephews and a great-grand niece. Mary Ellen enjoyed playing the organ and piano along with giving lessons, playing bridge, listening to classical music and attending the theater.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am Thursday September 28, 2017 at Church of Ascension in Saratoga. Mary Ellen will be buried at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rather than flowers, it is humbly suggested that a donation be made to Catholic Relief Services or a food bank of your choice.

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Information source: San Jose Mercury News, 9/26-2017

Mary Ellen Murphy

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Parishioners are asked to contact the Ascension Office FIRST before making funeral arrangements with any funeral home.

We can guide you in your preparations at this difficult time.
Ask the office staff for the Funeral Mass Planning form or download the pdf file here.