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Thelma Marie Murphy, 88, of Charlotte Hall died May 30, 2012, at the Gladys Spellman Specialty Unit in the Laurel Regional Hospital in Laurel.

She was born June 8, 1923, in Washington, D.C., to the late Laura Christianne Ward and Walter Emmett Shoemaker Sr.

She lived and worked on the family farm where she continued to can and freeze food from her garden up until she became ill this year. She enjoyed watching many species of birds at her bird feeders, playing cards (especially pitch and rummy), weekly Sunday family dinner get-togethers, helping to raise all her grandchildren, and especially enjoyed being with family and friends. Her home was always open to visitors. She was of the Methodist faith and attended the La Plata United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Aloysius Murphy; brother, Walter E. Shoemaker Jr.; and daughter-in-law, C.C. Murphy.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Elaine Thomas and her husband, Allen, of Charlotte Hall, and Cheryl Lynn Lehman and her husband, Richard, of Charlotte Hall; sons, James Ronald Murphy and his wife, Pat, of Key Largo, Fla., and Kenneth Warren Murphy of Golden Beach; brother, Philip Shoemaker and his wife, Priscilla, of Florida; sister, Virginia Worsham of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Gladys Murray, Rita Murphy and Lorraine Murphy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Raymond Funeral Service, 5635 Washington Ave. in La Plata, with the Rev. Bruce Jones officiating.

Interment will be private and at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dentsville Volunteer EMS and Auxiliary Inc., P.O. Box 109, La Plata, MD 20646; or to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646.