Kathleen B. "Kathy" Murphy Print E-mail

Kathleen B. “Kathy” Murphy

Well-known Lowell school teacher

 Kathleen B. “Kathy” (Gilday) Murphy, 65, of Merrimack, NH, formerly of Lowell, died Friday, February 2nd at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 19, 1952, a daughter of the late Stephen J. and the late Eileen R. (O’Brien) Doyle, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall with the Class of 1970. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, U/Mass Lowell with a Master of Arts Degree in English and Fitchburg State College with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Literacy.
 Before retiring, Kathy was employed at Greater Lowell Technical High School for 40 years as a teacher, department chair and Director of Title I Services. After her retirement, in order to continue her love of teaching, she worked for Middlesex Community College at Lowell High School for the Outward Bound Program.
 Among her many interests, she loved flower gardening, reading, taking frequent nature walks with her dogs and her many trips to Florida with her closest friends. However, her greatest joy was the quality time she was able to spend with her family and friends.
 Kathy is survived by a sister Sharon A. Greenhalge of Lowell, MA; a brother Stephen W. Doyle and his wife Sheryl of Nashua, NH; a nephew Sean P. McMeniman and his wife Holly of Lowell, MA; four nieces Jill M. Christiansen and her husband Niels of Lowell, MA, Erin C. Devlin and her companion Zack Khakeo of Dracut, MA, and Kathryn J. and Samantha E. Doyle both of Nashua, NH; her former mother-in-law Corinne Miller; her former sister-in-law Karen DeMone; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 She was also sister of the late Janice Gilday Heanan, sister-in-law of the late Jay P. Greenhalge and granddaughter of the late Arthur and Bernadette O’Brien.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.     . Arrangements

Condolences (7)
  • Linda (Murgia) Morrissette  - Childhood Friend
    So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Always liked her when we grew up together in the Lowell Housing Project. Linda
  • Tom & Collette Ryan
    So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy. Thoughts & prayers for the family.
  • Alice Gibson  - Former teacher
    I worked with Kathy at the Voke. She was such a good teacher and helpful to me. I'm sorry to hear of her passing.
  • Ava Bahou Rutledge  - Rutledge NJ
    Dear Kathy, I will always remember the many great times we had over many years. You will remain forever near and dear to my heart. Love you, John, Ava, Laurice, Evey
  • Rhonda Lutz  - Condolenscences to family and friends of Kathy
    I worked with Kathy at GLTHS. She was a kind and giving person, and I have many fond memories. My sincere and heartfelt condolences goes out to her family and friends.
  • Carol Stack Fine  - Condolences to family and friends of Kathy Murphy
    I knew Kathy from when we were kids in the old neighborhood- North Common, and St. Patrick’s CYO. I had the privilege of reconnecting with her six years ago when I returned to Lowell and began working at GLTECH. During that time, we shared many memories, laughs, good times, and conversation. In addition to her strong intellect, I was in awe of her decorating and gardening abilities. She was such a fashionista! Her sparkling blues eyes and beautiful smile were unforgettable, but most of all, in knowing her over the past few years, I was reminded of her generous spirit and kind heart. RIP dear friend.
  • Therese Benoit
    Kathy was my neighbor here in Merrimack, NH. Her beautiful gardens graced our neighborhood and did her sunny and caring disposition - she will be missed.
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