Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of Florence Rafferty
Florence M. (Stary) Rafferty, 99, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at Grand Islander Center in Middletown, RI. A longtime resident of Middletown, she was the wife of the late William J. Rafferty and was the daughter of the late Ernest J. and Florence M. (Ufford) Stary. She is survived by her children, Nancy E. Rafferty, William P. Rafferty of Greenville, RI and Peter E. Rafferty and his wife Tracy of Middletown, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ernest J. Stary and Anna Marie Murphy.
Florence was born in Newport on November 10, 1918. At the time of her passing, she was three weeks from celebrating her 100th birthday. She was a nursing graduate of Norwalk Hospital, CT and did post-graduate studies at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
During World War II, Florence was commissioned as a US Naval Officer in the Navy Nurse Corps. She was stationed in St. Albans, NY; St. Pierce, FL and San Diego, CA. After discharge, she worked at Norwalk Hospital and Newport Hospital, RI.
In November of 1947, she married and settled in Newport, later Middletown. Florence was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, member of the Legion of Mary, St. Joseph’s Senior Citizens Guild. Florence loved music and enjoyed playing her piano, sewing meticulous clothing and baking delicious lemon meringue and apple pies.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport from 4-6pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church, Spring St., Newport at 10am. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 547, Newport, RI 02840.
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