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Parmalier D. Murphy

March 7, 1927 – June 19, 2016

Parmalier D. Murphy, a retired teacher and active volunteer, died Sunday in her Kenmore home after a short illness. She was 89.

Born in New Orleans, the former Parmalier Dejoie earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in New Orleans and a medical technologist certification from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where she was a clinical instructor and researcher.

Mrs. Murphy moved to Buffalo in the mid-1950s and was a science teacher in Buffalo School 4.

A Kenmore resident since 1974, she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 3-5, which honored her with its Search and Rescue Award and its Emergency Communications Award.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary, the Ladies Sodality and the Inner City Council of Churches.

She also was a member of the Buffalo Retired Teachers Association, the NAACP, the Women’s Dental Guild and the Zonta Club of Buffalo, where she was a director.

She enjoyed boating, bowling and flower arranging, and was a member of Ikebana International.

She also was an avid duplicate bridge player and was a member of the American Bridge Association and the College Club of Buffalo, where she had been vice president.

She was included in “Uncrowned Queens, Volume II: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York.”

Her husband of 31 years, Dr. Lawrence Murphy, a dentist, died in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Dr. Parmalier, Dr. Paulette and Maria; two sons, Lawrence Jr. and Paul; a sister, Ella Jenkins-Graves; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Tonawanda.

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