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On June 13, 2019, after a fast moving illness, Frances Murphy Araujo died in Providence, the city where she had lived for many years with her husband George Araujo.
She was 78 years of age. Frances was the daughter of Neale D. Murphy and Mary Behan Murphy. Frances grew up in Edgewood and Providence. She was a graduate of Saint Xavier Academy and Pembroke College. She received a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Rhode Island College, and spent her career sharing her talents with Rhode Island's youngest citizens.
Frances is survived by her son, Michael A.J. Araujo; her daughter Lizzie Araujo-Haller, and husband Tobias; her brother John Murphy, and wife Mary Jane; her youngest brother, Bob Murphy; and her eldest sister Anne, and husband John O'Brien. She was also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Sara Carroll; Ruby Haller, George Araujo-Haller; Xavier Araujo; and Eleanor Araujo. She was the sister of the late Neale D. Murphy, Jr. and Joan Murphy Casement.
There will be a memorial service for family and friends of Frances, on Thursday, June 20, at 2 PM, at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street in Providence, with a celebration of her life at 5 PM.
Donations in memory of Frances may be made to: The Sophia Academy, 582 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02907.