Carole L. Murphy, 86, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2022, in Hudson, Florida. She was born to James and Louise Murphy in Queens, NY, and was the middle daughter of three children. Her sisters Alice Baysa and Janet Gardner predeceased her.
Carole is survived by her brother-in-law Charlie, nieces Susan and Pam, nephews Michael, Jim, Chris and Andy, grand-nieces Rebecca, Katie and Reese, and grand-nephews David, Kyle, Thomas, Kevin and Gavin. Carole’s cherished nephew David Baysa predeceased her.
Academically, Carole obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Fordham and her Master’s degree from New York University.
She spent her career and a significant portion of her retirement giving to others. First at the Japanese consulate in post-war Tokyo, then in New York as a grant administrator for the Ford Foundation. As a retiree, Carole volunteered thousands of hours working at the Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center and in her spare time donated financial resources to causes that benefited underprivileged and unwell children, police associations, animal support groups and a variety of health-related charities.
Outside of her work with charities, Carole loved being a dedicated cat mom, opera, politics and travel. As part of her career and well after, she traveled the globe, and to her nieces and nephews she was a larger-than-life Auntie Mame character. Always with a story at the ready about her trips, particularly her beloved Japan and Hawaii.
‘Cookie’ to some of her surviving relatives and ‘Auntie Carole’ to the others, her smile, wit, determination, warmth and compassion will be truly missed.