Helen Claire Murphy
Pomfret, Vt. — Helen Claire Murphy, 87, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 30, 2013, at the Rutland Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Jan. 13, 1926, in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Theodore and Rose (Walsh) Peters.
Claire graduated from St. Mary’s Academy Bayview in East Providence in 1944, and on April 10, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, Morgan (Ed) Murphy. They purchased a farm (now known as Morganfields) in Pomfret, and moved to the farm permanently in 1971.
Claire and her family raised Morgan horses, Angus cattle, and Hampshire sheep. By conventional standards Claire was a small breeder who raised Morgans known for their sanity and versatility. She had a keen eye for a good horse, and she deeply loved her Morgans.
She was past president of both the Vermont and the New England Morgan Horse Associations, a board member of the American Morgan Horse Association, a long-time member and past treasurer of the Green Mountain Horse Association as well as an active volunteer, marking trails for competitive rides.
She had a strong character and always encouraged her family to look forward. She loved watching her two granddaughters compete in sports. With her husband, Ed, she enjoyed spending time with their village friends at the Mountain Creamery, the White Cottage, and Pizza Chef for many years. Claire loved to drive and enjoyed many road trips with Ed.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; her daughter, Maryanne Murphy and husband, Dennis Grady, of Pomfret; her son, Jerry Murphy and his wife, Shannon, and two granddaughters, Kirsten and Kate, all of Woodstock. She is predeceased by a brother, Joseph E. Peters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock. Burial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.