Doris L. Murphy passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at her home in Seaford, after bravely battling several illnesses, including cancer.
Doris was born on July 27, 1938 in Dover. She was primarily raised through the foster care system in the state of Delaware. Doris is now reunited with her late husband, Leonard W. Murphy and her late daughter, Debbie Murphy Feller, both of Reliance. Doris was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Josephine E. Rawding, Grace Norris and Margaret (Sis) Faulkner; three brothers, Sam Faulkner, David “Buddy” Faulkner and Pete Faulkner; and her first husband, Philip Wilson of Federalsburg, Md.
Doris lived a life full of love for her family and others. Starting from a young age she and her sister Jodi spent several years together in the foster care system in the Dover area. She later was cared for by the late Otis and Thelma Downs of Laurel, with her sister, Elsie Willey.
She later found her loving and kind-hearted husband Leonard, who eventually adopted all five of her children after the birth of their youngest child, Vincent. Together they raised their family and did a multitude of activities. As they grew older Doris would always make sure there was time for family dinners. She loved to make her infamous peanut butter fudge and no-bake cookies during the holidays.
Doris enjoyed volunteering for all of her children and their sports, especially with the late Margaret Williamson, her sister-in-law, in the concession stands of Little League and Senior League baseball for her sons. She also gave much of her time to numerous charities including Associated Charities of Seaford. She assisted annually in preparing Thanksgiving meals and filling boxes of toys and clothing for needy children in Seaford. She enjoyed camping over the summers in Cherrystone, Va. and later in life at Trails End in Virginia. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed league bowling in the Seaford area. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends and traveling to the warmer weather in Florida every winter.
Doris is survived by her five sons, three daughters-in-law and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Phillip Murphy, Dianne Murphy, and their children and grandchildren of Seaford; Terry Murphy and his children and grandchildren of Delmar, Del.; Dale Murphy, Betsy Murphy and their children of Selbyville; Tommy Murphy, Robin Murphy and their children and grandchildren of Easton, Md.; Vincent Murphy and his children and grandchildren of Seaford; grandson, John Feller of Oklahoma; and her sister, Elsie Willey of Seaford.
There will be a private family service in remembrance of Doris.
The family would like to thank the kind nurses and doctors at the PRMC Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury, Md. and the nurses from The Delaware Hospice Center. The family expresses gratitude to all who gave their thoughts and prayers during Doris’s battle with cancer.
Anyone wishing to make donations in her memory may donate to The Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.