Beatrice R. Murphy, a retired teacher and active volunteer, died Saturday in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, where she had resided, after a brief illness. She was 96.
Born Beatrice Rosebrock in North Tonawanda, she graduated from St. Matthew Lutheran School and North Tonawanda High School.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State Teachers College and later went back to school part time to obtain a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1991.
Mrs. Murphy worked briefly in the Sardinia schools and at Trinity School in Lockport. She later was employed at Buffalo Schools 16 and 45, from 1966 to 1979, when she retired.
Mrs. Murphy volunteered with the Parent-Teacher Association in Amherst schools, the Boy Scouts, the Bishop's committee at St. Joseph University Catholic Church and the women's board and the board of directors of Millard Fillmore Hospital. She bowled until she reached age 90 and enjoyed knitting afghans for her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Murphy lived in Eggertsville for many years until moving into Schofield Residence in 2003.
Her husband, Kenneth M., died in 1988.
Survivors include five sons, Paul of Pittsford, Joel of Kenmore, David of Cabin John, Md., Thomas of Christiana, Pa., and Kevin of Mollala, Ore.; a sister, Pearl Askew of Hilmar, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Prayers will be said at 9:20 a.m. Thursday in Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St. Burial will be in Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport.