Beloved New York nun dies in head-on crash

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A nun was killed Monday night in a car crash in Essex County, New York.

Police say Sister Monica Murphy was driving on Route 74 in Schroon, when her car veered into oncoming traffic for unknown reasons.  An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday at UVM Health Network – CVPH.

Local 22 & Local 44 learned Murphy was a fixture in the capital region.  She was an educator for more than 50 years, spending 34 of those years at Catholic Central.

“She taught people how to appreciate everything they have and truly be generous with their time and talents,” Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ridge Harris said.

The Chancellor and Superintendent of schools for the Albany diocese released a statement that read, “Sister Monica impacted the lives of generations of students throughout her over 50 years of dedicated and compassionate service to our schools. May her beautiful legacy live on in each of us.”

Mark Grim, a student of Sister Murphy’s says he saved an old report card for 48 years.

“She was really good at teaching algebra and a ninth grade we both knew I had a chance I getting a 100 on the regents,” Grim said.  Grim said she had an unwavering devotion to her students, and a commitment to her faith.

The diocese wrote, “She was a beloved figure in our Diocese, bringing her passion for her Catholic faith – and for all people – to everything she did.  We will miss her, but we will carry on the work she loved in her absence and in her memory.”

Two other people involved in the crash, were treated for neck and back pain and released from Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

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