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Clyde B. Murphy , retired teacher and social worker

March 30, 1922 – June 19, 2016

Clyde B. Murphy, a retired teacher and social worker, died Sunday in her Buffalo home after a long illness. She was 94.

Born in Milledgeville, Ga., the former Clyde Boddie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Virginia State University, a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University and a master’s in early childhood education from the University at Buffalo.

After coming to Buffalo in 1943, Murphy was a social worker for Booth Memorial Hospital, a counselor of minority students at the UB School of Nursing, a coordinating teacher at Community Action Organization Head Start centers and a social worker in the Buffalo schools. She retired in the mid-1980s.

She served in various capacities with the Buffalo Urban League, the United Way, the United Negro Scholarship Fund and the Children’s Defense Fund. She was a charter member of the Buffalo Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc.

She received appreciation awards for her efforts from the United Negro College Fund, the Black Educator’s Association of Western New York, the Buffalo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Head Start.

She was a longtime member of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Murphy enjoyed crewel embroidery, hand-hooked rug making and playing bridge.

Her husband of 55 years, Dr. Benjamin F. Murphy Jr., died in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela E.; a son, Benjamin F. III; a sister, Elizabeth Boddie Addison; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held noon Friday at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Ave., following visitation at 11 a.m.

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