2006-06-22 / Obituaries

Cornelia Valentine Murphy, 40

Cornelia Valentine Murphy, 40, died May 13, 2006 after a courageous battle with advanced ovarian cancer.

Born June 29, 1965, in Washington, D.C., Ms. Murphy was a beautiful and loving, outgoing woman with an infectious laugh, dedicated to her work and her family and always ready to offer a smile and words of encouragement to those around her.

Raised in Jamestown, Cornelia gradated from the Prout School in 1987.

Most recently Cornelia lived in Portland, Ore., and San Jose, Calif. Ms. Murphy earned her bachelor's degree in political science from California State, Northridge, and had a successful career in politics, following in the footsteps of her father, who worked over 20 years for the Congressional Research Service and as a speechwriter for then Speaker of the House Carl Albert.

Cornelia worked for elected officials on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Iowa, and on presidential and local campaigns. Since 1999, Ms. Murphy served the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Labor Union as the Oregon political campaign manager.

Ms. Murphy is survived by her father, Cornelius F. Murphy Jr.; her brothers, Jeremiah and Paul J. Murphy; her sister-in-law, Jodi Lindenthal; and nephews, Harry and Gus Murphy.

Ms. Murphy was the daughter of the late Muriel Valentine Murphy. She was the niece of the late Harriet Valentine Gelfuso, and the granddaughter of the late Harry and Muriel Valentine and Cornelius F. Murphy and Mary Ellen Brady Murphy. Ms. Murphy also leaves behind many cousins and dear friends in Rhode Island and across the United States.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., in Jamestown on Friday, July 7, at 11 a.m., to be followed by a reception at the Portuguese American Citizens' Club.

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