In Loving Memory of Margaret (Cardow) Murphy

December 03, 1924
Derby, CT
March 22, 2017
Salisbury, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Salisbury Congregational Church

Memorial Service

30 Main Street,
CT 06068

Sunday, April 2nd, 1:00 PM


Family Gathering


Margaret Cardow Murphy

Surrounded by her children, Margaret (Peg) Murphy passed away peacefully at the age of 92 in Salisbury, CT. Peg was the daughter of Adam and Agnes Cardow and was a life long resident of Connecticut. She and her husband, the late Joseph Murphy, had four children whom they raised in Fairfield, CT. Peg also had three siblings—John, Billy, and Edith Cardow – all of whom Peg survived. The American Cardow clan traced their proud heritage to Rutherglen, Scotland. Joe and Peg had a long and enviable marriage and created a warm, happy home life for their children. Peg was a fabulous cook and created a beautiful home for her family. Peg loved to entertain and did it well, enjoying a rich and active social life. She was well known in the Fairfield community for her thoughtfulness of others and her warm, gentle spirit. She had countless life-long friends. Sharp-witted, she was a formidable bridge player. She had a keen sense of humor, which was kindly executed. She committed many hours to community service, particularly at Bridgeport Hospital where she felt a particular obligation to volunteer and the Fairfield Grace Methodist Church. As her children began leaving home and after more than 20 years as a wife and mother, Peg decided to make a bold move and took a position at the Chanel corporate office in New York City in 1975. It was a courageous step for a woman of her age in those days. She succeeded brilliantly until her retirement from Chanel in 1991. Her exemplary work at Chanel gained her the respect, admiration and affection of her coworkers. She was also sought after by fellow commuters on Metro-North for impromptu bridge games on the ride home, which she enjoyed immensely. Peg was a wonderfully considerate mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed quietly buying beautiful gifts for family and friends at the Chanel sample sales that she loved or baking her blueberry cake for a guest who had mentioned enjoying it on a previous visit. Peg lived her life with quiet dignity and steadfast devotion to her family and friends and dressed impeccably. She was intensely organized and practical disliking drama and “fuss”. The family finds consolation in the thought that Peg will now be reunited with her beloved husband, daughter, parents and siblings. In all, a life well lived by a woman who lived it with grace, dignity, devotion, and quiet humor. Peg is survived by three of her four children: Maureen Murphy Jerome of New York City and Lakeville, Ct., Margaret Murphy of Seattle, Washington and Joe Murphy of Hoboken, New Jersey and Lakeville, Ct. Her wonderful and very special daughter, Nancy Murphy Cricco passed away in 2015 which was devastating to Peg. Her grandchildren include Mairin Jerome, Emily Jerome, Cristin Cricco-Powell, Sarah Cricco, Carl Cricco, Adam Cricco, Maia Murphy-Williams, and Lilly Murphy. She is also survived by five wonderful great-grandchildren. She was much loved by both family and friends and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Sunday, April 2nd at 1pm. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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3 Guestbook Entries for Margaret (Cardow) Murphy

  1. My sincere, heartfelt condolences to my cousins on the passing of Aunt Peg.
    There are no words…..

  2. My sincere & heartfelt condolences in the passing of Peg. I go back many, many years in
    knowing Peg & Joe, two wonderful people when she, Joe, Mr. & Mrs. Adam Cardow, & their
    daughter Edith & sons Bill & John lived on Cottage St. So many years ago & so many good
    memories. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. My sincere & heartfelt condolences in the loss of your dear Mother Peg. It’s been many years since I have seen Peg & Joe but I have wonderful memories of your dear Mother & Father, living on Cottage Street on the first floor & Mr. & Mrs. Adam Cardow, along with their daughter Edie & sons John & Bill on the second floor. My thoughts & prayers are with your family.