Thank You for Your Service, Councilwoman Murphy

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Image/Lauren Murphy's Facebook campaign page in 2018.

Update 1/15: You may view Lauren Murphy's obituary HERE, which includes visiting hours and funeral information.

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Councilwoman Lauren Murphy died peacefully last night on January 13, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, children Jasmine and Jacob announced. Murphy, who continued to share positive and hopeful messages on Facebook as recently as two days ago, was widely known and respected for her dedication to helping others. Her Facebook profile states, “I am totally dedicated to the Democratic values and what they stand for...I am passionate about helping to elect the candidates who will help ALL citizens, especially those loyal voters who struggle to give their children a better life than they had…”

Murphy had three children: Jacob, Joseph, and Jasmine. Her grandchildren were the loves of her life and she posted about them frequently, proudly sharing photos and stories. She took such pride in being called "Yaya." Murphy was a devoted mama to her two dogs Harley and Bandit, whose antics she also shared on Facebook.

Murphy, who had already survived a different cancer, had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer since late June 2023. Dedicated to continuing to serve her city, she remained an active participant as Councilwoman for months, calling in to meetings via Zoom whenever she was able. Shortly before the November election, Murphy hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event at Noches De Colombia so that the community could meet and chat with the candidates for the Board of Education. Her brief appearance that night was a testament to her sincere belief in the democratic process and the importance of voters knowing the candidates.

A graduate of Kean University, Murphy served as the Executive Director at Passaic County One Stop Career Center, where her passion for helping others was also her life’s work. She was widely known as the person to contact for questions about helping the unhoused and was an advocate for the city’s warming center.

Funeral services have not yet been announced but we will share them once they are made public.

Clifton won’t be quite the same without Lauren Murphy. We send our deepest sympathies to her beloved family, friends, and to all in the community who are mourning her death.

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