Born and raised in Somerville, Mary was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Esther M. (Covert) Murphy.
She was a people person and always seemed to make friends where ever she went. Mary’s family was her heart and soul, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whenever she saw any of them, she always made sure they felt as if they were her favorite. Mary worked as a secretary at Tufts University for 18 years. After retiring, she volunteered for many years at the Little Sisters of the Poor. She loved spending time with her family, listening to her books on tape, and always loved to shop. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Mary was the beloved wife of 70 years to the late James A. Haker who passed away in 2019. She was the devoted mother of Diana Gilchrist and her husband James of Plymouth; James Haker and his wife Catherine of Melrose; Peggy Grande and her husband Pete of Plymouth; and Kathleen Perkins and her husband Edward of Medford. She was the devoted grandmother to Christopher Gilchrist and his late wife Laureen, James Gilchrist and his wife Colette, Rebecca Lyons and her husband Russell, Nathan Grande and his wife Erin, Thomas Grande, Jacqueline Bonci and her husband Greg, Christine Lucas and her husband Chris, Laura Haker, and Andrea Perkins. She was the loving great-grandmother to Christopher, Johnathan, Brianna, Abby, Julianne, Joshua, Benjamin, Sky, River, Harper, and Isla. Mary also had a special relationship with her nephew, Paul Boujoulian. She was predeceased by her siblings Thomas Murphy, Catherine Messina, Elizabeth Boujoulian and Francis Murphy.
Family and friends are invited to attend the wake at the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, Sunday, January 30, 2:00-6:00pm.
On Tuesday, February 1, at 12:30pm, services will conclude with a burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, in Bourne. Please meet directly at the gate.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mary’s name to Cranberry Hospice, Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwhich St., Plymouth, MA 02360.