Mary Catherine (McDermott) Murphy passed away on January 19, 2018. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on February 20, 1930. She is the daughter of Marjorie Jackson and Patrick Joseph McDermott. She is survived by her brother James McDermott of Wheeling, WV, her son Patrick and wife, Suzanne of Florence, KY, daughter Cathy Murphy of Marietta, GA, daughter Dr. Regina Ryan of Smithfield, NC, and son Mark Murphy of Deland, FL.: as well as eight granddaughters and two great grandsons and a great granddaughter. Mary graduated from Marshall University with a degree in education. She taught school and then raised four children. She worked as a secretary at an insurance firm in VA. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and was a strong supporter of college education for women. She was an avid bridge player and a long term member of the DeLand Country Club. She was a member of a quilting club and enjoyed making quilts for the family and for the community. She volunteered as a tutor for students learning English as a second language and was an advocate for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. She had a keen interest in the stock market and was a member of several investment groups. She loved, supported and encouraged her family throughout her life. A Celebration of Life will be held at Lankford Funeral Home on Saturday January 27 at 2:00. The burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.