Frances Murtha, 90, had a daughter in New Milford

Frances (Silver) Murtha, 90, of Danbury, wife of the late John Murtha, died in the presence of her family, Aug. 24, 2009, at Danbury Hospital.

Mrs. Murtha was born July 7, 1919, in Bethel, daughter of the late Ignaz and Anna (Orzech) Silver.

She was a graduate of Danbury High School, and later received her nursing degree from Bridgeport Hospital.

Mrs. Murtha had an entrepreneurial spirit, successfully owning and operating a restaurant in Miami and later a shoe store in Danbury, alongside her husband.

She was a parishioner of St. Peter Church in Danbury. She was an active member and volunteer at the Danbury Senior Center, where she also practiced Tai Chi.

An avid gardener, she planted vegetables, flowers and loved to attract hummingbirds to her yard with her planting. Her love of gardening is a legacy she passed on to her children and grandchildren.

A loving mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Murtha most recently celebrated her 90th birthday in Rhode Island, surrounded by her whole family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Catherine Washabaugh and her husband, Bill, of Milwaukee, Wisc., Patricia Murtha and her husband, Daniel Daignault, of Bethel and Carol Murtha of New Milford; six grandchildren, Kate Washabaugh and her husband, Mark Nessel, Bill and Fritz Washabaugh, Jaime and Alex Daignault and Riley Collins. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and her canine family.

The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Danbury Senior Center, 10 Elmwood Place, Danbury, CT 06810-7801 or to Meals on Wheels, 80 Main St. Danbury, CT 06810.