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Helen Murphy

1940-2021

Helen Murphy

It is with much sadness that our family announces the passing of Helen Marie Murphy (Ranton).  On April 18th, 2021 Helen died after a courageous battle of cancer at the age of 81. Born in Branchton, Ontario, Helen was the daughter of John and Ada Isabel (MacPherson) Ranton.  Beloved wife of Ed Murphy, loving mother of Kim Adshade, son-in law Ross and cherished grandmother to Kyle. Loving sister of Donald Ranton, Shirley Parker (Bob deceased), Jean Ranton and predeceased by sisters Beverly Gillis, Ruth Hartrick (the late Jim) and Gladys Eastman (Bill). Loving sister-in-law to Joseph and Alice Murphy, Vince Murphy and Marlene Caron. She will be greatly missed by all her many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who she always made time for. Helen will forever be remembered for her love of family, friends, and her positive outlook on life.  She made family traditions special and made sure all of us got together on New Year’s Day for good food, great conversation and a lot of laughs. She reminded us every day how precious family was and made us all feel closer because of it.  It will be heartbreaking to move ahead without her, but we will honor the traditions she started and raise a glass in her memory. Helen worked at Hostess Frito Lay for almost 30 years and will be missed by many of her friends.  She will also be remembered for her relentless fundraising efforts and the money she raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society.  Her strength and determination will forever be an inspiration to all who knew her. Special thanks to the doctors and medical staff at Medical Daycare at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital and to Minister Gordon Timbers.  Their kindness and care provided her with the peace of mind and strength she needed to fight the battle she so bravely fought. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society.

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