Mary Timmerman Murphy, service and obituary

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 3:30pm

A memorial service for Mary Timmerman Murphy will be held Saturday, October 30, from 2 - 3 p.m., at John St. Methodist Church in Camden, Maine.  

Masks Required.

ROCKPORT — Mary Hoyt Timmerman Murphy, daughter of Marguerite Smith and James Anderson Timmerman, died September 24, 2021, at the Sussman House in Rockport, Maine.

She was born in Pelzer, South Carolina in 1929 and was one month shy of her 92nd birthday. She was educated at Winthrop University and graduated from the University of South Carolina. She worked as a re-insurance accountant at Seibels Bruce in South Carolina and Union Reinsurance Co. of Zurich in Manhattan.

She married William Myles Murphy in 1955 in South Carolina and moved to New Jersey where she resided until moving to Maine in 1987 and becoming a fulltime resident in 1993.  

She is survived by her son, James Timmerman “Tim” Murphy, of West Palm Beach, Florida and Shelter Island, New York; and daughters Mary Marguerite “Margo” Murphy of Rockport, and Melissa Hoyt Murphy, of Philo, California. She has four grandchildren: Mary Caitlin and William Parks and Isabel and James Murphy.

She was predeceased by her brother James Anderson Timmerman Jr.

Her younger brother, Thomas Timmerman, lives in the family home in Pelzer, South Carolina with his wife Rachel. Also surviving her is sister-in-law Joanne Timmerman; and many nieces and nephews.

Her life was filled by a happy marriage, of more than sixty-five years. She enjoyed motherhood and grand motherhood, long friendships and the challenges of duplicate bridge and the many friends it provided. She was known for her directness and liberal views which she was happy to share. She was also a great storyteller passing down family stories, adventure and events with deep love and pride. She loved to entertain family and friends with memorable meals, laughs and a touch of southern charm. She had an adventurous spirit ready to explore new places, experiences, and people anytime.

Even in her last days she was ready to strike up conversations and make new friends with anyone that had a little extra time in their day.

She and her husband, Bill, made many “last” trips in her last years to South Carolina but she always wanted one more trip. Her roots ran deep there, and that connection will live on in her children and grandchildren.

If anyone wishes to make a donation in memory of Mary, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Maine Health Care at Home and the Sussman House at 40 Anchor Dr., Rockport, ME 04856 The family greatly appreciates the care and support that was provided by this organization.

There will be a private graveside service with a celebration of life to be announced later when family and friends can gather.