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“Carol, deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was always so happy and full of life. Your memories will always keep her spirit alive. Love &...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Hardy - Ipswich, MA

“So sorry for your loss, Joan was a special person. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Jay & Joanne Visconti - Stoneham

“Joan was a very sweet woman with a beautiful smile. May she RIP. Dottie Marchese, Hiilside Gardens. 4BSMQ ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Dottie Marchese - Stoneham, MA

“To the Murphy, Flanagan and Hanifan families,So sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Murphy. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Murphy from the old days...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Maureen Kelleher Webb - FL

“Miss Joan, you will be missed! Thank you for all your love and kindness that you have shown me over the years. My love and prayers are with you...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Camarata - Malden, MA

“Joan Murphy was one of the most loving human beings I have been blessed to have known. She was genuine, honest, funny, beautiful, social, and a Happy...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Patti Flanagan - Middleton, MA

“Joanie supplied a lifetime of lasting memories.Her presence was overwhelming and she shined the brightest of anyone in the room. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Thomas Kelleher - Wakefield, MA

“Aunt Joan was a truly remarkable person!!! She always had a huge smile and positive attitude! I will miss her!! ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Flynn - Littleton, MA

“Joan We were so Lucky to have you in our lives we will truly miss Your SMILE and kind words ! ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy, Rick, Ryan and Kyle Finch - NH

“Heaven is a little bit brighter with Aunt Joan there, she always lit up the room with her very contagious smile. No matter how bad you felt when she...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jean-Marie Flynn - W. Yarmouth, MA

“Learned many lessons from this beautiful lady, not the least of which was "Life is change, that's what it does and we have to along with it." I don't...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Julianne Hatct McDevitt - MA


Joan M. (Hanifan) Murphy, 86, died on Friday, June 9, 2017 at her home. She is the beloved wife of James Murphy, mother of Michael Murphy, Carol Flanagan and her husband Michael, the late Larry Murphy and the late Bobby Murphy. Grandmother of Erin, Patrick and Kelli Flanagan and Katelyn, Catherine and Michael Murphy. Sister of Robert Hanifan and the late Charles and Donald Hanifan.

Joan grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Cheverus High School. She worked for the City of Malden in the Engineering Department before retiring. Upon retiring she was able to spend 25 winters vacationing in Florida and celebrating St Patrick's Day with some very special people. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all. She was a special person with a smile that would light up a room as soon as she walked in. Social events and spending time with family and friends brought so much happiness to Joan. She loved to play cards with her grandchildren and was truly a "fashionista" who enjoyed shopping at her favorite store Chico's. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT28) Stoneham on Saturday at 9am followed by a funeral mass at 10am celebrating Joan's Eternal Life at St. Patrick's Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8pm. Interment will be held in Forestdale Cemetery in Malden.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving donations to the Cardiac Transplant Program at Boston Children's Hospital in memory of Joan M. Murphy. Contributions can be made at www.bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include Joan's name on memo line.

For further information, please visit www.facebook.com/BarileFamilyFuneralHome.