Marian Murphy Stanton, 83, passed Sunday April 26, 2020 at The Manor at Seneca Hill, with members of her family by her side, after a six month life-battle as a result of an injury from a fall at her home in Fulton.
Marian was born in Fulton, the daughter of Richard and Marie (McDonough) Murphy, graduated from Fulton High School, attended Syracuse University, and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in New York. She worked as a legal secretary in New York city and Chicago before leaving her career to return to Fulton taking third-generation management of the popular Murphy’s family store.She transformed the longtime Murphy’s into a full-service gift shop featuring china and glassware lines, collectibles, greeting cards and stationery. She closed shop in 1995 and went on to an active retirement in both her home and metro communities. Marian was one of the organizers, incorporators, and served as the first president of the Fulton Historical Society, which purchased the historic Italianate Pratt House and is today maintained as an active society and museum of the city’s history. She was an avid reader throughout her life and, serving as a member and president of the Fulton Public Library Board, she successfully fought to fund the historic Carnegie Library as a school district public library. She also succeeded in seeking grant funds to facilitate library improvements including a ramp and an elevator construction for handicapped access. She had served on the board of Oswego College Foundation, the board of the The Manor at Seneca Hill, as a longtime member of the local Salvation Army board and was active in the Greater Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
At time of her passing, she was active as a proud leader of the Syracuse James Joyce Club which holds fortnightly meetings, annual marathon readings of Joyce’s Ulysses and is one of the most active Joyce clubs in the world. She was also a member of the Irish American Cultural Institute’s Syracuse chapter, and an active member of the Corinthian Club. Marian was a member of the faith community and Eucharistic minister at St. Lucy’s Church on the near west side of Syracuse, and was a regular volunteer at the Samaritan Center in Syracuse. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Rob) Raby, grandchildren Jedidiah, Lynch and Isaiah Raby, nephew and niece Michael (Annie) and Jennifer Murphy, great niece Frances Murphy, sister Eleanor (Ed) Vayner of Fulton and brother Richard (Joan) Murphy of Webster. She was pre-deceased by nephew David Vayner. Contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to Trinity Catholic School, 115 E. 5th St., Oswego 13126, the Fulton Public Library, 160 S. 1st St., Fulton 13069 or to the Samaritan Center, 215 No. State St., Syracuse 13203
Due to the current pandemic, a memorial service and calling hours will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in the Murphy family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., 224 W. 2nd St Fulton.