Murphy, Helen “Nancy” (nee Fraser). With profound sadness we announce that our dear mother and friend has died peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Peterborough, Ontario, on July 1, 2019, at 80 years of age. Daughter of the late Wallace J Fraser and Mary Warren of Pembroke, Ontario. Predeceased by her late husband, the Honourable Mr. Justice Samuel Houston Murphy, her brother James W Fraser, and brother in law Carl Scheunemann and son in law Michael McGrattan. Loving mother of Alexander Fraser Murphy (Zanne) and her twin daughters, Erin Reid (Jamie) and Margaret McGrattan. Beloved Grandma to Sam McGrattan. Survived by her sisters Esther Flack (Jim), Margaret Scheunemann and sister in law Opal Murphy, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Nancy was born and raised on a farm on the outskirts of Pembroke, Ontario, a proud descendant of pioneer Canadian settlers. After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she attended Victoria College at the University of Toronto. She graduated with a BA in 1960 majoring in Household Science. She received her teaching certificate from McArthur College of Education at Queen’s University. She began teaching Home Economics at Adam Scott Collegiate CVI in 1960 and later at St Peter’s in Peterborough. She was a woman of many talents, not the least were her culinary skills, but was a skilled seamstress, rug hooker and became a calligrapher. She and her late husband loved to travel, and she continued to travel throughout her life. She was an active volunteer including the University Women’s Club, the St Andrew’s UCW, the Mother’s Guild at LCS, the YWCA , the Peterborough Skating Club and, a lifelong patron of the arts, was a longtime member of the Peterborough Theatre Guild. She was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed the game socially and competitively.