Claire C. McMurphy
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Claire C. McMurphy
  • August 17, 1928 - December 11, 2017
  • Leeds, New Hampshire

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Claire (Cote) McMurphy, 89, a resident of Leeds, MA and long-time resident of Keene, NH passed away at the Baystate Medical Center on Monday, December 11, 2017, following a brief period of declining health.

She was born August 17, 1928 in Laconia, NH the daughter of Adelard and Cleophee (Bretton) Cote. She and her husband, Charles met while they were in High School and following graduation they married. Claire worked to help put her husband through college and medical school with the understanding that she would pursue her degree when they were settled. They settled in Keene. Claire graduated from Keene State with a Bachelor's degree in English six children later, two born during her studies.

She worked for many years for Maplewood Nursing Home as an Assistant Activities Director, where she developed a love of ceramics: she made many beautiful creations, including Christmas Trees and various other holiday pieces. She also worked as a Substitute Teacher for many years. In her free time she enjoyed painting, knitting and going shopping, where she would always find a bargain.

Claire and her husband loved to travel, a passion she continued after his death. She was also able to travel the world and see many places including Thailand, Russia, Australia, Turkey, China and many more. She loved going to Mohegan Sun, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, but above all she loved spending time with her family especially her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Sarah McMurphy of Keene, Susan McMurphy of Long Branch, NJ, Marcia Bassett and her husband Tim of Easthampton, MA, Stacey Forand and her husband Richard of Naperville, IL and Marc McMurphy and his wife Michele of Henniker, NH, six grandchildren: Alex Forand and his wife Kristen, Bryan Forand, Lucas Forand, Mac (Charles) McMurphy, Meg McMurphy and Katie McMurphy, brothers: Richard Cote and his wife Peggy and Robert Cote and his wife Gail, sister: Gloria Wood and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. She is predeceased by her husband Charles and her daughter: Meghan McMuphy.

Family and friends are invited to call on the family from 10am to 11:30 on Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:30am. Burial will follow in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH.


The family welcomes floral remembrances or memorial contributions may be made to Cedarcrest, 91 Maple Ave, Keene, NH. 03431 or to the Salvation Army of Keene, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH. 03431.