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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.

Born June 8, 1923, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Laura Christianne Ward and the late 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 birds at her bird feeders, playing cards (especially pitch and rummy), weekly Sunday family dinner get-togethers, helping to raise 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 La Plata United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Aloysius Murphy; her brother, Walter E. Shoemaker Jr.; and her 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; her sons, James Ronald Murphy and his wife, Pat, of Key Largo, Fla., and Kenneth Warren Murphy of Golden Beach; her brother, Philip Shoemaker and his wife, Priscilla, of Florida; her 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.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Raymond Funeral Service in La Plata. The Rev. Bruce Jones will officiate. Interment will be private and held 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 Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646.