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Services Set for Katonah's Ann Marie Murphy, Shooting Victim

Visiting hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption in Katonah.

Services will be held Thursday to honor the memory of Katonah native Ann Marie Murphy, a special education teacher who died protecting her students in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Murphy's body was found covering her school children after gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people including six adults and 20 children, a first responder in Connecticut told her family, Newsday reported on Saturday.

Murphy was the daughter of Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah, one of seven children raised here. She was also the mother of her own four children. Her father described her to a reporter as an "artistic, fun-loving painter," who was "witty" and "hardworking."

Katonah residents gathered Saturday night to remember all of the victims, as news of Murphy's death was starting to spread. Many knew of the family—Hugh McGowan and Thomas McGowan, Anne Marie Murphy's brother, are dentists in town—and those that didn't, prayed for her.

"I didn't know her, but this town—like Newtown—is a small community," said Gigi Zeller Saturday night.

Bedford Police Sgt. Matt Dunn grew up in Katonah and attended St. Mary's elementary school with Murphy.

"I remember Anne as the prettiest, sweetest girl in my grade school class. We took communtion and confirmation together. I still have my fouth grade class picture and Anne stood out even then," he said, describing the McGowan's as a family that everyone knew and regarded well.

Visiting hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption in Katonah.

Mike December 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends". I trust Anne Marie Murphy is resting in her Savior's arms having heard the words, "well done my good and faithful servant". Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Scherr Bell December 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I feel honored to have known her and she laid her life down for her students not many people would do that
Jim Murphy December 18, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Mike -- Your comment says it all. A beautiful, heart-felt sentiment. When I read Ann Marie's story, I could not help but think that, once you accept the terrible fact that she died, and were that not true, that what better way to die than protecting the innocent lives of young children entrusted to her care. Gone too soon certainly. But there can be no doubt that God loves Ann Marie Murphy and has welcomed her home, enveloping her in his eternal love and grace. ~ Jim Murphy

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