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Katherine (Murphy) Cotter Giblin

May 17, 1936 ~ July 2, 2022 (age 86)
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Katherine M. Cotter-Giblin, 86, of Naples, FL, and Wellesley, MA, entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Penacook Place in Haverhill, MA; after a lengthy battle with dementia.  Born in Cambridge, MA, graduate of Mission Church High School (Roxbury), Kay was the wife of the late Joseph Leo Cotter, to whom she was married for over 30 years before his death in 1992. In addition, Kay enjoyed 14 years of marriage with her second husband, the late Thomas J. Giblin, Jr., M.D. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Walter F. Murphy, of Dorchester and Catherine Marie O’Neil Murphy, of Cambridge; and her sister, Ethel Murphy of Middleton.

Kay is survived by: her children Susan Cotter-Shain, Merrimac, MA, and David M. Cotter (Karen), Fort Bragg, CA; brother William Murphy, Sudbury, and sister Sheila Assetta, Malden; cousin James Murphy (Joyce), Stoneham, and sister-in-law, Elaine Murphy, Franklin; beloved grandchildren Taylor and Kelsey Shain, Merrimac, and her nieces and nephews: William Murphy Jr. (Laurie), Andover; Scott Murphy, Franklin; Mark Murphy (Carolyn), Canton; Glen Murphy (Audrey), Sudbury; Lisa Porro (Gary), Malden; Guy Assetta (Susan), Windham, NH; and Jeannie Currier (Bob), Weare, NH. She is also survived by her stepchildren: Thomas J. Giblin, III (Jen Arsenault), Shrewsbury; Katherine G. Stark (Peter), Middletown, RI; Walter J. "Bud" Giblin, M.D. (Maureen), Chevy Chase, MD; James G. Giblin, M.D. (Peggy), Wheaton, IL; Joan G. McCabe (Jim), Weston, MA; and Tom Giblin’s grandchildren, Gus, Annika, Tom, Michael, Maggie, Katie, Michael (Jenna), Colleen, Genevieve, Patrick, Brian (Maddie), Matthew (Elise), Jimmy, Tommy, Kelly and Jimmy.

Kay worked for New England Telephone for over 20 years and had a second career in real estate in Lynnfield, MA, for many years. She enjoyed many summers on Long Lake in Harrison, Maine, and enjoyed the warmth of Naples, Florida, during the cold months of winter. Kay loved to travel, attend events and football games at Boston College with her late husband, Tom, and socializing with her friends whom she called “family”.  Kay continued to tell her family up until the very end that she had, “a great life, had two wonderful husbands, two wonderful children, two wonderful granddaughters, and a loving extended family.” Kay will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Kay’s family would like to thank the staff of Penacook Place in Haverhill, MA, and also the staff at Wingate Residences of Haverhill for their many acts of kindness and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, on Friday morning, July 22, 2022, from 9:00-11:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Theresa of Avila Chapel, 2078 Centre Street, at 11:30 am. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 990 Lagrange Street. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 617-323-5600


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