Oct. 26, 1927 – June 27, 2015
Audrey Jean Durphy, an expert at solving crossword puzzles, died Saturday in her home in Williamsville. She was 87.
The former Audrey Jean Scullion had lived in various places in Western New York, including Salamanca, North Collins, Perrysburg, Youngstown, Getzville and Williamsville.
Mrs. Durphy liked games of all kinds. She was fondly known as a “cruciverbalist” for her skill at crossword puzzles. Family and friends offered this poetic tribute in her memory: “Dear Sweet Audrey, please visit me today. This morning’s crossword is a tough one. Please send a clue my way.”
Mrs. Durphy also played poker, euchre and blackjack. She bowled, golfed and read murder mysteries avidly.
She was a former member of the Youngstown Women’s Guild and a volunteer at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.
Her husband, Duane “Duke” Durphy, died in 2014 after 64 years of marriage.
Survivors include a sister Margaret Cannon; two daughters, Jeanne DeFazio and Barbara Rinaldi; four sons, Joseph, John, James and Christopher; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. July 11 in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.