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BarLee Murphy, 68, the wife of longtime Genesee Memorial Hospital Administrator F. James Murphy, died Sunday (July 20, 1997) in Genesee Memorial Hospital, Batavia, after an illness of several months. She was 68.

The former BarLee Roose was a native of Salem, Ohio.

Mrs. Murphy graduated from Randolph Macon Women's College in 1951 and attended the Connecticut School of Dance, where she studied under legendary choreographer Martha Graham.

She worked for United Airlines and as a social director for Bellevue School of Nursing, where she met her husband.

Mrs. Murphy served as assistant director and choreographer for 12 Batavia Rotary Club music shows. She served on the Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and the Elba Town Board of Assessment Review.

She also worked as a bridal consultant for several years at the C.L. Carr department store in Batavia.

Survivors, besides her husband of 42 years, include two sons, Timothy of Tuckerton, N.J., and Mark of East Aurora; two daughters, Ketha Heron of Penfield and Kelley Johnston of Batavia; a brother, Richard Roose of Middlefield, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Maple Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 in First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia.

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