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NASHUA, N.H. — Lauretta E. (Murphy) Dye, 73, wife of Edwyn L. Dye, died Sunday morning, June 15, 2008, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A resident of Nashua for the past 43 years, Mrs. Dye was born in Pepperell on Dec. 21, 1934, daughter of the late Jeremiah and Frances (Downs) Murphy.

Mrs. Dye began her career with the New England Telephone Company, then at the New Boston Tracking Station, the Federal Aviation Administration Center in Nashua and later as a claims representative at the Social Security Office in Lowell. She retired after 27 years of government service.

Lauretta and her husband, Edwyn, were married on May 31, 1954 and made their home in Pepperell for several years before moving to Nashua in the mid-1960s. Mrs. Dye was a longtime parishioner and volunteer of the former Infant Jesus Church in Brookline, N.H.

Lauretta possessed a kind heart and great sense of humor and always provided love and support to her family. She will be terribly missed by all.

Members of her family include her husband of 54 years, Edwyn L. Dye, of Nashua; two daughters, Dory Plante and her husband, Daniel, of Brookline, and Brenda Temple, of Hudson; a son, Thomas Dye, of Nashua; six grandchildren, Nick and his wife, Jessica, Ryan, Lindsey, Craig, Zach and Krystopher; a great-grandson, Keller; two sisters, Theresa Comeau, of El Paso, Texas, and Kay Franzek, of Groton; a brother, Daniel Murphy and his wife, Jane, of Pepperell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Pepperell on Friday, June 20, followed by interment in St. Joseph Cemetery in Pepperell.

Arrangements were handled for the family by the Farwell Funeral Service. Please visit for more information.