Denise A. Murphy, age 70

of Quincy

Denise A. Murphy, age 70

Denise A. Murphy, age 70, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at home.

Denise was born in Quincy, to the late Richard W. and Claire M. (Giarrusso) Murphy. She was raised and educated in Quincy, and was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1970, and later earned her Nursing Degree from Quincy College in 1981. She furthered her education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Lesley College.

Denise was a Registered Nurse and dedicated herself to the nursing profession for thirty-five years. She found her passion in Hospice Care at Quincy Visiting Nurses, impacting many lives. Denise also counted numerous colleagues as lifelong friends.

Denise enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She had a passion for the beach, especially Nantasket. She also enjoyed spending time at her residence in Englewood, Florida.

Her greatest joy however was her family. She was dedicated to her children and beloved grandchildren, beaming with pride at all of their activities and accomplishments. She relished spending time with them and sharing in their joy and excitement. A big hug always at the ready.

Devoted mother of Joseph R. Hajjar and his wife Christine of Weymouth, and Nicole C. Carroll of Quincy.

Loving “Grandy” to Isabelle, Alexandra, and Samantha Hajjar, Molly and Joseph Carroll.

Loving companion of John Molla.

Former wife and dear friend of Joseph C. Hajjar.

Denise is also survived by many dear cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, August 31, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Agatha Parish, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Thursday, September 1, at 10:30 a.m. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, (especially yellow and red ones per Grandy) donations in Denise’s memory may be made to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation at


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  • We are heartbroken to lose our favorite cousin. Love and Hugs to all from Lyle and Dick

  • Blessed that Steve and Emily brought us into the huge circle of love Denise created. She was one in a million and will be deeply missed by so many people. My deepest condolences and love to everyone feeling her loss

  • I feel like I just lost my sister, my kindred spirit. We had lunch together on the Cape to celebrate my birthday and 8 days later she is gone. I am paralyzed at the moment. Denise was my rock at many of my life challenges. Her compassion and generosity was unmatched. She loved the profession she chose. She was so drawn to the mission of hospice. I witnessed her giving care to her patients and being so present to families. I will miss her laugh, her presence and her love. R.I.P. my forever friend.

  • I am so shocked. I will miss Denise terribly. She was a dear friend & neighbor in sunny Florida. She allowed me to do major remodels to her condo in Englewood.
    We enjoyed boat rides & dinners in the most beautiful spot on Earth. She was a great comfort as I lost my in-laws whom she spent many hours with on our beach. She was always available to talk as I recently helped my Father through his illness & passing.
    I will miss her dearly.

  • My thoughts & prayers for the children & grandchildren I will definitely miss my sidekick & how she’s always been there for me I told Jim to take her hand & show her her new heavenly abode she has been such an angel to many our love of nursing has been so prominent for both of us both Jim & loved her so much & I will miss them both may God take them both into his arms with love & faith love & prayers being sent to Heaven❤️

  • Our hearts have broken as the heavens are rejoicing. Denise was pure joy, energy, love and so full of life, a mother to everyone and always a nurse. Our Florida circle will never be the same without her presence, her smile, her humor. You left us too soon girlfriend. Join us with your spirit and watch over your family, friends and John. Love you forever, till you welcome us home. Our deepest sympathies to her children and loving grandchildren. Rest In Peace and fly free

  • Joe and I will miss our beach buddy. Many good tines on Englewood beach abd at the Giarruso’s home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Denise’s family and to John, as we are certain this was such an unexpected and devastating loss. She will be missed. Rest in eternal peace Denise.

    Joe Guerrini
    Roz Brothers

  • Denise was truly a great friend. We had so many good times together in Florida. She was always so upbeat and ready to help anyone. I will always cherish our wonderful friendship and all the fun we had together. I will miss you so much.
    I send our deepest condolences and sympathy to her son ,daughter ,grandchildren and John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Dear Nicole,
    My heart breaks for you and your family. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Please let me know if I can do anything for you! Love, Tracey & Joe Shea

  • Thinking of you all and so very sorry for your loss. Grandy was so sweet to Maddie and always made us smile.

  • Nicole & family
    Our condolences on your tremendous loss, thoughts and prayers while you try to navigate your loss.
    Patty & Ricky Collins

  • Dear Nicole, Joe and family,
    How blessed I was to call Denise my cousin. Her vibrancy and zest for life was like no other. If Denise loved a person they had grabbed the brass ring. Denise was a shining example of what we humans should aspire to be. I will sorely miss our conversations of her grands accomplishments, I could see her big beautiful smile while she spoke of them. Pat and I are sending Luv and Hugs from the West Coast and many thanks for sharing your incredible Mother with us.
    May your beautiful memories of Denise flood you with peace.
    Love to All, Pat and Janet Murphy

  • Dear Denise … It’s Sunday and I drove to Nantasket. I found myself automatically looking for your car. Every dark hair and deep tanned woman I saw seemed to look like you. One even had your beach chair. I truly can’t believe you’re not here … but I know you’re in Heaven and of course, in the sun … and I know you’re shining down on your family and friends. My sister/friend from childhood. ‘ There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them. ‘ I will miss you terribly and love you forever. Into your hands Father. Rest In peace my BFF. Xoxo

  • My QVNA Friend RIP Prayers to Your family and extended Qvna family RIP Denise

  • To Denise’s family and friends, we extend our heartfelt condolences. We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with her. May our memories always keep her close. Rest in Peace dear friend.

  • Dear Nicole and Joe,
    Just heard your sad news about Mom. We went through nursing school and spent many an hour studying and laughing, she in the first and I in the second class of QC nursing school. I followed her to University Hospital because she loved it and then your Mom asked me to “just help her out covering vacations” when she was the nurse manager of Hospice. She was the reason I stayed in hospice for 6 years, sharing her passion and love of that area of nursing. I am forever grateful.
    I regret that we lost touch, but know how dearly she loved you both. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your tremendous loss.
    In peace,
    Sue Prindeville

  • Joey, Nicole and The Hajjar Family,
    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. May you be surround by all the love, peace and comfort that God and this whole world has to offer today and in the days to come.

    With Much Love,
    The Le Bel Family

  • Joey, Nicole and families,
    We are so very sorry and saddened to hear the news about Denise. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love and hugs to all of you,
    Delly and family