Woodbury-June (Hermes) Murphy, of Woodbury, died September 5th, at the Waterbury Hospital. During her time on this earth, June was a copywriter on Madison Avenue, an artist, an entrepreneur, and an avid horsewoman.
June Hermes was born on July 6, 1940 in New Rochelle, New York. She grew up and attended public schools in New Canaan. In 1963, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. After graduation, she was selected to work as part of the prestigious copywriting team at Macy’s in New York City, followed by a stint at the deGarmo Agency, also in New York. She was married at that time to the late Jonathan Murphy.
Her love of horses began in her youth. She owned her own horse, and they rode in numerous 50 and 100 mile trail rides in Vermont. Later in life she owned and kept as many as five horses, most recently in Roxbury. When in Roxbury she started a business called The Funny Farm, which specialized in clothing and gifts with humorous “horsey” themes. In 1999 she moved to Woodlake, where she shared a home with mother, Jerry Hermes and sister, Patricia Hermes. They all rooted for the UConn Lady Huskies in basketball and the New York Giants in football. Jerry died in 2000 and Pat in 2013.
In memory of June, memorial contributions can be made to the Woodbury Food Bank (Make checks payable to “Community Services Council” and mail to CSCW, P.O. Box 585, Woodbury CT 06798, Include a note designating funds to the Food Bank as a memorial for June Murphy. To leave online condolences, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
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