Lorraine P.  (Letarte) Murphy

Lorraine P. (Letarte) Murphy

Lorraine Pauline (Letarte) Murphy, age 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 surrounded by family after a short illness. She was born in Berlin, New Hampshire on October 14, 1946. The daughter of Oscar Letarte and Alda (Charest) Letarte. She graduated from Notre Dame School, Class of 1964, in Berlin New Hampshire.

                On April 19, 1969, Lorraine married the love of her life Michael J. Murphy at Saint Anne’s Church in Berlin, New Hampshire. After several years of living in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire they moved to their current home in New Haven, Vermont, where they raised their precious son, Shawn Michael Murphy.

                Lorraine worked at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for several years. In later years she worked at Addison County Counseling Services, attending to the needs of physically and mentally challenged clients. She found this to be very rewarding.

                Lorraine had a very strong faith in God and a great love for her family. She enjoyed having guests in her home, cooking, baking, sewing, tole painting, playing with her grandchildren and four legged pets.  going to casinos, where she was usually very lucky and playing dice with her friends. She loved the ocean, walking on the beach and smelling the healing salty air. She enjoyed laughing with family and friends. Lorraine’s favorite meal was a HOT turkey dinner with extra gravy on the side and of course a Jim Dandy Sundae with extra hot fudge even if it cost more. Lorraine loved life and everyone who knew Lorraine loved her.

                Lorraine is survived by her husband Colonel (Retired) Michael J. Murphy, son Shawn Michael Murphy, daughter-in-law Brenda Langdeau Murphy, grandson Connor, granddaughter Teagan, sister-in-law Cynthia Murphy Dearth, brother-in-law Ronnie Boutin, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends and her dog Biscuit.

                Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, sister Priscilla Letarte Gagnon, brother-in-law Andre Gagnon, niece Shelly Gagnon Ouellette, sister-in-law Barbara Murphy Boutin, pets Buffy, Annie and Cookie.

                A Catholic Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15th at St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes, VT. There will be no calling hours per Lorraine’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Lorraine’s name to: Homeward Bound, Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.  To send online condolences to her family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com

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Donna Langdeau
1 year ago

Lorraine was always full of joy. I enjoyed her laughter. She would light up when talking about our grandchildren. She loved family deeply.
She was very brave and had a deep faith .
She will always be remembered with love.
With deepest sympathy.
Donna R Langdeau

Joan Cook
1 year ago

So sorry for you loss. May she rest in peace.

1 year ago

Mike and family you are in our prayers. Love&hugs to you.
MaryGail & Jeff McMillan, Vonore, Tn

Paul Marquis
1 year ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful and humorous high school classmate. My condolences to Mike and her family.

Brenda Charron
1 year ago


Jim McKnight
1 year ago

Mike/Shawn I just heard. Im so sorry for your loss. Lorraine (and Mike) was a great neighbor.

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