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Obituary for Sara Regina Murphy (Werner)

Sara Regina (Werner) Murphy, 76, of Hollis passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Ledgewood Bay in Milford, New Hampshire following a lengthy illness. Her loving family was able to spend much time with her near the end of her life.

Sara was born on July 15, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest daughter of the late Anne (Marcus) and Sigmund Werner. She grew up in the greater Boston area and graduated from Framingham High School, a year early, in 1964. She was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1969.

She met her lifelong love and husband, Daniel L. Murphy, shortly after entering MIT. After a two-year courtship, they married on Sept 10, 1967, and built an amazing life together over the next 56 years.

As a pioneer among women in the technical field, Sara became a software programmer and hired on with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1970. Among her early achievements, she wrote the first baggage handling code for a major airline and laid her path through other work on early software products. Professionally, she remained with Digital, later COMPAQ, and finally Hewlett-Packard before retiring in 2009. Initially working in Maynard and Marlborough, MA, she transferred to Nashua, NH, in 1986. Throughout her career, she earned significant responsibility, serving as a senior technical manager and eventually leading organizations of more than 100 people through several major projects. Her work colleagues often mentioned how much they liked working for her and what a good boss she was.

Additionally, Sara had a love of the theater and showtunes from an early age, and as she and Dan continued their relationship together this became an essential part of their shared lives. In addition to performing community theater roles in the early-1970s, she found much enjoyment attending shows as a 35-year subscriber to the Boston professional stage. Sara was also an avid reader, and in her free time always was engrossed in a book…or three.

Since 1986, Sara was a member of Congregation Betenu in Amherst NH. She initially joined the board of directors in the late-1980s and served in a leadership role until the time of her passing. During this period, she helped shepherd the Congregation through periods of tranquility and turmoil. She created the Congregation’s website and served on the Rabbinic Intern search committee multiple times, where her calm presence and creative ideas led to progress and positive feelings.

Sara was also a long-time intern working with the Human Awareness Institute, working to foster multiple communities of love, peace and happiness; she aspired to create a world where everyone wins. Her parents, Anne (Marcus) and Lieutenant Colonel Sigmund Werner, U.S. Army predeceased her in 1997 and 2010 respectively.

In addition to husband Daniel Murphy of Hollis, survivors include their child, Colonel Jordan Murphy, U.S. Air Force; and her sister, Louise Werner of Richmond, VA. Additional survivors include two grandsons of whom she was immensely proud: Gabriel Murphy, first-year law student at the University of Georgia; and Jacob Murphy, Magna-Cum-Laude from UMass Amherst, ‘21.

SERVICES: A Celebration of Life Service will be held on December 9, 2023, 11:00am at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell Street, Nashua, NH. Family and friends are invited to attend. Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Congregation Betenu, 5 Northern Blvd, Amherst, NH 03031.

The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements.(603-883-3401) “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER”.