William Thomas Smith
Emma Susan Clinton
Parris Epler Beecher
Catherine Ryan
Paul Clinton Smith
Nora Elizabeth Beecher
Joan Marie Smith


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1. Thomas Patrick Murphy

Joan Marie Smith 1

  • Born: 14 Oct 1932, Coatesville, Chester, PA 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Thomas Patrick Murphy on 28 Aug 1954 in Woodcrest, New Castle, DE, USA 1
  • Died: 27 Oct 2007, West Chester, Chester, PA at age 75 2 3
  • Buried: 31 Oct 2007, West Goshen, Chester, PA, USA 2

   FamilySearch ID: GJR2-VZQ.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1950 in New Castle, New Castle, DE. 4 The 1950 census recorded at 11 Seminole Avenue: Paul C. Smith, operating depot at oil refinery, 41, living with wife Nora E., 41; Joan M., 17; Paul B., 15, and mother-in-law Katherine Beecher, 79, born in Ireland. All others were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Occupation: clerk at Hercules Powder Co. On 28 Aug 1954 in Claymont, New Castle, DE. 1

3. Residence: on 31 Mar 1987 in Trumbull, Fairfield, CT, USA. 5

4. Obituary: News Journal: on 29 Oct 2007 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 3 MURPHY JOAN M. (nee Smith), age 75, died on Sat., Oct. 27, 2007 at Pocopson Nursing Home in West Chester, PA, after a long illness. Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Catherine. She is survived by Thomas, her loving husband of 53 years; her loving children, daughter, Noreene E. Campbell, and her husband, John; sons, Thomas Jr., Kevin, and Michael; her grandchildren, Megan, Lauren, Robert, Caitlin, and Shelby. Joan is also survived by her mother, Nora Smith, who at nearly 99 years of age, never failed to visit her daughter consistently and often for years. She visited Joan at Pocopson three or more times a week. Nora was irreplaceable and a great comfort to her daughter. During Joan's last few years, her friends Nancy and Bernice drove Nora to Pocopson at least once a week. Nancy was a strong and devoted friend, ever since she and Joan attended kindergarten together. Nora's son-in-law, Thomas, is eternally grateful to Joan's mother for her wonderful devotion to her dear daughter, Joan. Joan will be remembered as a generous, loving, and sweet person. She is loved and will be dearly missed by her entire family and many devoted friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Agnes R.C. Church, 233 West Gay St., West Chester, PA, on Wed., Oct. 31st, at 10 A.M. Friends may call at the Church on Wed. morning after 9 A.M. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cem., 1050 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, PA.

Joan married Thomas Patrick Murphy, son of John Joseph Murphy and Mary E. Loughery, on 28 Aug 1954 in Woodcrest, New Castle, DE, USA.1 (Thomas Patrick Murphy was born on 14 Jul 1932 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE,1 6 died on 10 Mar 2014 6 and was buried in West Goshen, Chester, PA, USA 6.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3SG-P2G Joan Marie Smith m. 1954 Thomas Patrick Murphy at Woodcrest DE.

2 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/178603795.

3 The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 29 Oct 2007, obituary of Joan M. Murphy.

4 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XL7-DGZ8 Paul C Smith New Castle DE.

5 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 1 Apr 1987, page 17. Obituary of Paul B. Smith.

6 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/126331727.

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