Marian A. Murphy


Bolivar - Marian A. Murphy, 90, a former resident of 567 South Main Street, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville following a brief illness. Born in Bolivar on May 29, 1926, Marian was the daughter of Harry and Mary Whitzer Bush. She married Robert Murphy on August 21, 1948 in Bolivar; Mr. Murphy preceded her in death on April 15, 2005.

Marian was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Bolivar, and a member of the Bolivar Home Bureau. Marian enjoyed crafting, quilting blankets, crocheting, and knitting. She also enjoyed making and sending homemade cards to family and friends.

Surviving are five children, Mary (Donald) Smith of Olean, Paul Murphy of Ocean, N.J, Catherine (Brian) Moore of Barry’s Bay, Ontario, and Nancy (Alan) Lewis and Jane (Jim) Biddle, both of Wellsville; 12 grandchildren, Matthew Smith, Colleen Bump, Benjamin Smith, Jeremy Greene, Jamie Greene, April Kuhn, Amy Miner, Elizabeth Owen, Nichole Austin, Danielle McGregor, Andrew Biddle and Lauren Biddle; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Bush and Donna Melville, both of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Murphy; three brothers, George Bush, William Bush and Harry Bush; and three sisters, Josephine Bush, Virginia Laganegro and Mary Lou Haught.

There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a date to be announced, at St. Mary’s Church Bolivar. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery Bolivar. Memorials may be made to the Bolivar Free Library (390 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715) or The SPCA Serving Allegany County (1374 Route 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895).

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar.