Wellsville, NY - Mary Cecilia "Ceil" Murphy Newton age, 92, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on January 10, 1922 in Hornell to Michael R. and Mary Elizabeth Lynch Murphy. On May 21, 1977 she married Leslie Clair "Jim" Newton who predeceased her five years to the day on April 9, 2009.
Ceil was a former resident of Friendship who moved back to Wellsville. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1938 and from Wellsville High School in 1940. In 1941 she graduated from Rochester Business School and later she took courses at Alfred State College, BOCES and D'Youville College. Ceil went to work at the Sinclair Refinery in 1941and stayed there until 1946 when she went to work for the Harris Supply Company in Wellsville. In 1973 she went to work for the New York State DOT in the Friendship Office from where she retired in 1988. Ceil was a devout Catholic who was baptized at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover, received her first communion, was confirmed and married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. When Ceil moved to Friendship she became a member of the Sacred Heart Church and when it closed she moved her membership to Our Lady of Angels Church in Cuba. Presently Ceil was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and had been a member of its Alter and Rosary Society since 1940. Ceil will be remembered as a very strong and independent woman who was kind and soft spoken.
Ceil is survived by several cousins, friends as well as special friends and care givers Glenn "Bill" and Marion Clark of Friendship and Lisa Clark (John Walchli) of Wellsville.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Monday a prayer service will be held at 10:30 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Ceils name may be made to either The Hart Comfort House or to Catholic Charities. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.