Eleanor Murphy

Eleanor R. Murphy (Mendoza)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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Eleanor R. (Mendoza) Murphy, 80, of South Dennis Ma., died Sunday March 22, 2020 at the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
She was born in Warren a daughter of the late Joseph and Molly (Medici) Mendoza.

She worked in the National Training and Development Department for the National YMCA for over 30 years before retiring.

Eleanor has lived in South Dennis for over 20 years, coming from Montclair N.J.

She was a member of the YMCA Retirement Board, a member of the Red Hat Society.

She was an avid tennis player, who enjoyed travelling and reading.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Leesa Vargas of Bristol, her brother Richard Mendoza of Warren, Her sisters Marion Nencka of Warren, and Rosann Roderick of Warren and her sister in law Sheryle Mendoza.
She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was the significant other of the late Warren G. Symonds.
Eleanor was the sister of the late William Mendoza, Joseph Mendoza and James Mendoza.

A Graveside service will be held Saturday March 28,2020 at 11:00 am in the South Burial Ground, Sowamset Avenue, Warren. Visiting hours are Saturday morning from 9:00 am – 10:30 am in the SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to The Dominican Republic Home Builders Project, New England YMCA Alumni, 38 Centerbeach Avenue Old Lyme, Ct., 06371
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  • Visitation

    March 28, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    March 28, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
    Smith Funeral & Memorial Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, RI 02885
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  • Service

    March 28, 2020 | 11:00am
    March 28, 2020 11:00am
    South Burial Ground
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    March 28, 2020 | 11:00am
    March 28, 2020 11:00am
    South Burial Ground
    Sowamset Avenue
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 11:11am
Thanks for all the good memories! The bookmark that you put together of all my crazy sayings and the girls trip to Chicago to visit Leesa. Wonderful memories. Love and prayers.
Eileen Deubel (Duke)

Thomas Boyton

Posted at 11:20am
We send out our deepest condolences and prayers to Ellie's family and friends. I first met Ellie over thirty-years ago as a I began my YMCA career. What started out as a professional staff relationship soon became a close friendship that included my wife Louise and our good friend Sy. Our annual couples trip to Tanglewood will always remain in our hearts with fond memories. Our visits to Cape Cod after Ellie's retirement were always filled with laughter and great conversation that made our friendship even stronger. Ellie's tenure as a YMCA professional touched the lives of so many people in a variety of ways. As a National Y trainer she not only used her skills as an excellent communicator but often became a role model and mentor to those she trained over the years. Ellie was a people person. During her career she spent time as a Human Resources Director. Her ability to deal with staff in a sensitive and caring way while at the same time be strong enough to make tough decisions made her a great leader. We will miss Ellie but the fond memories of our friendship will live within our hearts.
Love You Miss Ellie!
Tommy & Louise Boyton


Posted at 10:29am
Thanks for all the good memories. The bookmark you put together of all my crazy sayings, and the girls trip to Chicago to visit you and Leesa. Wonderful memories! Love and prayers. Eileen Deubel (Duke)

Tillie Savage

Posted at 12:22pm
Dear Leesa and other family members,
Ellie and Sy moved in next to me about 20 years ago. They were great neighbors and we quickly became good friends. Since then my husband passed away and shortly after, so did Sy after a long illness. I will always remember talking over the fence, taking walks, and sometimes having dinner together with Ellie at a local restaurant. She was a good person and I will miss her. I will keep you in my prayers during this very difficult time. Tillie Savage

Elna Bingham

Posted at 06:52pm
Ellie, do we have stories. Our trip to Niagra Falls when Leesa and Karen were kids, our double dating with some good guys and some not so good, but lots of laughs. So glad that I talked to you in Plymouth and we promised that you would come to my condo for a few days when you got better. I will miss you at the Vineyard and New Hampshire. Love you.❤️ Elna

Gerry Mendoza Posted at 12:49pm

Gerry Mendoza I can't say how much we already miss Ellie. We've shared good and bad times and many, many wonderful times. Going to the Vineyard and New Hampshire will never be the same without her. She was such a caring person and we will remember her always. Leesa, you know we are here for you.

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