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Eleanor R. (Robb) Murphy  

Eleanor R. (Robb) Murphy

February 2, 1934-July 1, 2016

Eleanor R. (Robb) Murphy, age 82, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Born in Harrisburg, PA on February 2, 1934, Mrs. Murphy was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Mabel C. (Coxeter) Robb. She was a graduate of Pottsville High School and Penn State University. While a student at Penn State, she traveled with the Chapel Choir touring and performing in Europe. In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Murphy worked as a dietitian at the University of Delaware for several years. She was an Avon representative for over 39 years- a job she truly loved because of the wonderful friendships she developed with her many special customers.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Murphy adored spending time with her family and especially looked forward to their annual vacations in Rehoboth Beach with her brother and family and later enjoying her beach home in PotNets for 36 years. She also loved going to Disney World. In her leisure time, she enjoyed collecting plates, thimbles and hummels and looked forward to monthly bridge club. An avid sports fan, Mrs. Murphy was a passionate supporter of the Penn State Football team and the Philadelphia Phillies. She held a special place in her heart for animals, especially her pets whom she cherished.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles M. Robb, her husband Andrew J. Murphy, and her son David C. Murphy. Mrs. Murphy is survived by her daughters, Jane E. Orescan (Jud) of Bear, DE and Susan L. DelPercio (David) of Newark, DE; and grandchildren, Adam and Paige Orescan and Amy, Andrew and Sarah DelPercio.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitiation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711. We are eternally grateful to them.

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  1. Debbie Singleton, July 14, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers to Ellie’s family! Ellie was my Avon lady for many, many years and I would stop on my way home from work at her house to get my purchase or a new book. She was always so incredibly kind and sweet to me! I met all her furry friends over the years and just enjoyed catching up with whatever was going on with her. She truly had become a friend, she just had a special way of making people feel good with her wonderful smile. I was so saddened to hear of her passing, she was a very, very, special lady and will be greatly missed by many!

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  2. Sandra McKee, July 14, 2016

    Ellie and I met while selling Avon, which as you know she had been doing for years. It was actually in 1978 that we met, and when I stopped selling Avon she became my representative. Ellie always enjoyed my dogs as if they were part of her family, at one time I had five of them. She just loved everyone and I think we all loved her. I am very saddened that she has passed, I missed her when she stopped selling Avon. All who knew her loved her.

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  3. Gary Scott, July 14, 2016

    Mrs. Murphy was one of my “rocks” growing up. She was always there, a constant protector (although I didn’t know it at the time). She was a great friend to my entire family….we missed her terribly when she moved from Chaucer Drive, although the Avon seemed to be a good excuse to “stay in touch” with my mother. Jane and Susan, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you that we don’t realize what we have until it is gone. I will miss seeing her, seeing David……just being “there” was comforting. I am so sorry for your loss, and I want you to know I share your loss. I have lost another rock.

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  4. Carol McElhaney, July 14, 2016

    Ellie was more than a friend she attended family weddings, funerals, and baby showers. We met at Little League, David was the bat boy on my son Spencer’s ball team. We had so many hours of laughter when she brought my Avon order. I have the dearest and fondest memories of her. I truly missed her after she retired. You were very blessed to have her in your life, I know I was. God bless you all in this difficult time.

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