POMFRET — A Mass of Christian burial will be held on July 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock for Helen Claire Murphy, 87, who passed away June 30 at the Rutland Rehabilitation Center. Burial will be held at a later date.
She was born on Jan. 13, 1926 in Providence, R.I. daughter of Theodore and Rose (Walsh) Peters.
Claire graduated from St. Mary’s Academy Bayview in East Providence in 1944, and on April 10, 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, Morgan (Ed) Murphy. They purchased a farm (now known as Morganfields) in Pomfret, and moved to the farm permanently in 1971.
Claire and her family raised Morgan horses, Angus cattle, and Hampshire sheep. By conventional standards Claire was a small breeder who raised Morgans known for their sanity and versatility. She had a keen eye for a good horse, and she deeply loved her Morgans.
She was past president of both the Vermont and the New England Morgan Horse Associations, a board member of the American Morgan Horse Association, a long-time member and past treasurer of the Green Mountain Horse Association as well as an active volunteer, marking trails for competitive rides.
She had a strong character and always encouraged her family to look forward. She loved watching her two granddaughters compete in sports. With her husband, Ed, she enjoyed spending time with their village friends at the Mountain Creamery, the White Cottage, and Pizza Chef for many years. Claire loved to drive and enjoyed many road trips with Ed.
She is survived by her husband Ed, her daughter Maryanne Murphy and husband Dennis Grady of Pomfret, her son Jerry Murphy and his wife Shannon, and two granddaughters, Kirsten and Kate, all of Woodstock.
She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph E. Peters.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.
This obituary first appeared in the July 11, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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