Date of Birth August 4, 1953
Date Deceased November 6, 2022
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date November 12, 2022
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location Bath National Cemetery

Gail B. Murphy

HORNELL-Gail B. Murphy, 69, passed away Sunday morning (Nov. 6, 2022) at her home on Crosby Street after a recent battle with cancer.

Born in Dansville, NY on Aug. 4, 1953 she was a daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Nye) Blake. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by one brother, William Blake, her sister-in-law, Deborah Lyke, father-in-law, William T. Murphy and her niece, Amanda Blake.

A graduate of Dansville Central School, Gail also attended St. James School of Nursing in Hornell where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certification. She began her nursing career in the ICU and Maternity ward at the Dansville Hospital. Gail later became employed with the news bureau of Alfred University before she began her 17 years of employment with the Hornell City School District as a nurse at the Intermediate School and retired from the Bryant School.

Gail was an avid collector and enjoyed going to yard sales. She operated her own antique business for several years.

She will be remembered for being a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and sister. She was also loved by her students and friends of her children.

She is lovingly survived by her husband of 48 years, William T. “Bill” Murphy II, who she married in Dansville, NY on Feb. 2, 1974; three children, Marie (James) Hall of Hornell, Patrick (Carrie) Murphy of Hornell and Timothy (Maria) Murphy of Almond, NY; 11 grandchildren, Collin, William T III, Grace and Ireland Murphy, Evan, Margaret and Murphy Hall, Isabella, Jamison, Camden and Emersyn Murphy; two sisters, Lois (Edward) Kuba of Florida and Carol (Bruce) Chyka of Kansas; one brother, Thomas (Maria) Blake of Florida; a sister-in-law, Eileen Blake of Dansville, NY; her mother-in- law, Marilyn Murphy and sisters-in-law, Jennifer (John) Beckerman and Bridget Murphy; and a brother-in-law, Larry Lyke; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gail was one of the most generous and loving people on the planet.  She made the world a better place just by being in it, and she was not afraid to give fate a nudge here and there.  This is not good bye, it’s see you later.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11, 2022) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home,285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave. Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her memory at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 12, 2022). Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to CareFirst (Hospice), 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Gail’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Gail are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.






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10 Responses

  1. My most sincere condolences to Bill Murphy and family. My prayers are with you and your children and grandchildren. Gail was a very special person and will be missed. May the Angels embrace her and guide her to paradise.

  2. Gail was my cancer buddy 7 years ago as we went through breast cancer treatment together. Her positive, no nonsense approach to life was inspiring to me. Love you and may you rest in peace, my friend.

  3. Sincere condolences to the Murphy family. Gail was a very nice women and will be missed by many. Jim and I enjoyed Bill and Gail as neighbors. Watching her with the grandchildren in the side yard, she was always having fun and full of smiles. God Bless. 🙏🏻🧡

  4. My deepest sympathy to the Murphy family. I always enjoyed running into Gail and her smile could light up a room. May you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories .

  5. Only knew this vibrant humorous sweet lady for a little over a year but I felt like she was a best friend forever! Prayed with her for healing and I know she is totally healed now with Jesus. My sympathy to Bill and family as they walk this tough grief road. Never forget her laughter and her loving ways , let the memories surround you …she was loved and will be cherished always.

  6. My deepest sympathy to Bill and family on the loss of Gail. She was my step sisters daughter in law and I always enjoyed spending time visiting with her and Bill at family functions. My prayers to all and may you rest in peace Gail. We will all miss you very much🙏❤️

  7. My deepest condolences to the entire Murphy families . Gail was a wonderful person , and friend. Sending prayers and love to all of you. May God embrace her in heaven , and give you peace. She will be dearly missed. God bless you all. Thinking of you! Love you Gail! May you rest in peace .🕊️❤️🙏🌷😇

  8. I just found out about Gail’s passing and we are so sorry for her family. Gail was a precious friend and could always make me laugh. Rest in Peace my dear friend, she was loved by many.

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