Priscilla Anne Murphy, age 65

of Halifax

Priscilla Anne Murphy, age 65

Priscilla Anne Murphy, Sunrise: September 27, 1954 to Sunset: March 4, 2020, age 65, of Halifax, formerly of South Boston, passed away, peacefully, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, in the comfort of her loving family.

Priscilla was born in South Boston, to the late Joseph P. and Mary E. (Donovan) Murphy. She was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1972, where she was active in class reunions and maintaining her class’ Facebook page. “Southie” was her hometown. She had lived in Halifax for fourteen years.

Although she worked in many fields, including as a receptionist in the financial industry and at the New England Medical Center in Boston for twenty years, her love of children and being a nanny was her greatest joy. Anyone who met Priscilla loved her and her life revolved around her family and various groups of friends.

Priscilla was an avid reader, a ferocious Red Sox fan, a true patriot, and she cherished being “Nana”. She loved spending time in the kitchen, trying out new recipes. She was the first to bring you a meal if you were sick, sad, tired, or just because. She was always thinking of others.

She was also a gifted creative writer, never more evident than sharing her recent medical journey with family and friends on Facebook. She taught us all the gift of living, loving, and finding joy, no matter how difficult the circumstances. We enjoyed her appreciation for the simplest of pleasures. Priscilla will be missed; she was one of a kind and we will hold her in our hearts forever.

Best friend and life partner of Paul J. Murray of Halifax.

Special mother of Alison Savicke and her husband Richard of West Roxbury, Daniel Murray and his wife Sara of Swansea.

Loving Nana of Emeline, Henry, and Caleb.

Dear cousin of Anne Marie Tract of Salem, Diane and Griff Harrison, Gail Harkins, Gerald and Mary Donovan, Joanie Kilmon, Freddie and Carol Donovan and their families, all of Maryland, as well as a community of lifelong friends.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Wednesday, March 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, at 1 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Priscilla’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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  • Priscilla, you were definitely one of a kind and a very special person. You made an enormous
    impact on everyone you met……………….
    You will be sorely missed by all here.

  • So very sorry Paul, Priscilla was the most wonderful person and will be missed by so many. My 1st friend in kindergarten, the little girl with the warm friendly smile. Rest in peace sweet Priscilla.
    Joanne McGrath Cherry / class of 72, the high school on the hill.

  • Priscilla was one of a kind. She will be missed, thoughts and prayers 🙏 to her family.

  • One of the kindest people I have ever met. sleep well sweet friend.

  • Rest in Peace dear friend, you made a splash while you were on this planet. You will be missed. Rest Easy in your Lords Arms.

  • Sorry for your lost Paul and our lost. She will be miss by all who knew her. Prayers for you and your family. Class of 72

  • Priscilla. Your light will shine forever
    Rest In Peace❤️🙏🏻

  • One of Priscilla’s gifts was the ability to gather in diverse groups of people and bind them together with humor and a true desire to know you, the things that made you happy and the things that made us sad. She was a sounding board for those of us who had left Southie but needed a touchstone so we didn’t get lost . I looked so forward to catching up with her journey through the Class FB page. We, her friends suffered along with her and cheered when she rallied from the heart issue. How unfair that she should be challanged again with an even greater trial. Cancer sucks but Priscilla helped us see how to be graceful in adversity. I am proud to have known her and thank her for making me part of her circle. Requiem in Pacem.

  • Pricilla could like up a room with her smile and laughter. She was such a wonderful caring person who made you feel special. Rest In Peace

  • Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of Priscilla. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. She was always there to give people words of encouragement or to just be the ear that people needed to listen. She is greatly missed

  • Paul, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. As you know, Priscilla was an amazing person, which is evident by all of the notes from her friends and especially her classmates. I am a proud member of the class of 72, and I feel we have all lost someone that is dear to us all.
    Priscilla was the glue that held all of us together, and she will be sorely missed.
    I loved her day to day updates, and was so appreciative of her constant updates regarding our classmates. Rest in Peace Priscilla, I can already imagine you getting a reunion together in heaven with all of our classmates who have gone before us. God Bless you Paul. RIP Priscilla. – JT

  • Priscilla – you have always been a great friend – have had a lot of laughs together and shed some tears – will always cherish these special times with you – you will be missed – you left us to soon 💔

  • My deepest condolences to all who love Priscilla. Priscilla grew to be more like an aunt to me as she and the whole group of childhood friends were always so compassionate and giving to my mother. Priscilla called my mom every day while she was sick, and came over my house often and even had all of them over her house in Halifax for fish cakes as it was one of the few things my mom could swallow. Priscilla will sure be missed on this earth, but she most definitely will be watching over us all. Unless she gets side track catching up with everyone else behind the pearly gates 🙂

    Rest In Peace Priscilla you deserve it! XoXo -Amy, Dan and Matty.

  • This sad news really hit home for me. It reminded me of how delicate life really is and how close to expiration we all are! Though we knew you were ill, I’m still shocked by your sudden departure. I thought you’d be around forever keeping us (class of ‘72) apprised of current events, reunions, recipes, stories, books you have read and books you wanted to read… indeed, you were special and gone way too soon… RIP Priscilla…

  • My heart is still very heavy with the sudden loss of. Priscilla.. . We knew each other from working at the T. She was an incredible woman. Kind beyond words. She was so good to everyone she knew. I had the pleasure of speaking to her a few days before she passed. I will forever cherish our last conversation. To Paul, family and everyone who knew her, please accept our deepest condolences during this incredibly difficult time. Rest in eternal peace Priscilla.

    Sandra and Alexander Pickett

  • Priscilla, You were truly an amazing person! I looked forward to your every day posts to 4let us all know how you were doing. You also reminded people to take time and appreciate the little simple pleasures of the day. You will be sadly missed and loved always. Always in my thoughts, prayers and heart. ♥️😢

  • RIP dear friend. It’s been a rough week for your family the Rider family. Hugs from all as we grieve together losing Roy on the 28th and you shortly there after.

  • My dear courageous friend I hope you rest in peace with all our family and friends who have gone before us. Party on and we will meet again. Missing you.

  • We love you Priscilla. Go with God.

  • I feel an obligation to write something nice for Priscilla I know she would do the same for me ,she never missed a guestbook entry.Judging by the condolences everyone felt the same about her always a kind word for strangers and friends alike.Nothing but fond childhood memories growing up on N Street with her.
    Rest In Peace

  • Paul , even though we only met a few times, this woman was so special to me ! I’m sure Addison , Poppie and Mommy were there to welcome her into heaven. And her lovely parents, too ! I hope you find some peace in the fact that she was loved by more people than she could have imagined. I wish we could have had many more years to laugh together! She was one of a kind!!

  • Deepest sympathies for you and your family Paul

  • Although we met just a few times your kindness and friendly welcoming ways always leave with me a kind smile a big hello and a warm hug. God has gained a wonderful Angel. Bless you .