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Shirley Irene Rafferty

January 8, 1939 ~ December 15, 2021 (age 82)


On Wednesday December 15th Shirley Irene Rafferty passed away at her daughter’s home in Brandon, Mississippi. Shirley was the loving wife (of late Gerald), mother, mom-mom and was dedicated to the happiness of her family and friends. She resided with her daughter after Pete passed away in 2012.  Born January 8, 1939, she is survived by her daughter, Patricia Lane; her former son-in-law, David Lane; granddaughter Katherine Shealey and Angel Donaldson and late grandson David Lane Jr. She also survived by her sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley loved her small knit community of Eckhart. She moved with her daughter after Pete passed to the big city of Brandon, Mississippi. She loved to talk about the old days and telling her granddaughter and daughter that they couldn’t cook pork chops right. She was full of energy and never seemed to complain about things. She loved doing yard work, taking care of the dogs as well. Full of life till the very end. Shirley will be deeply missed by many. Please keep watching over us as we navigate this world without you.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home on Tuesday Jan, 4, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with Father Ed Hendricks as celebrant.

Shirley will be laid to rest with Pete at the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, Flintstone. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National American Heart/Stroke Association, 4217 Heart Place CT, Glen Allen, VA 22060, Animal Welfare Society (AWS), PO Box 123, Cumberland, MD 21502 or St Michael Catholic Church, 44 East Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532.

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24 Hour Viewing
January 4, 2022

7:00 PM
Sowers Funeral Home
60 W Main St
Frostburg, MD 21532-1635

Funeral Mass
January 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Divine Mercy Parish, St. Michael's Catholic Church
44 East Main Street
Frostburg, MD 21532

Interment following funeral service
January 5, 2022

MD State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap
14205 Pleasant Valley Road NE
Flintstone, MD 21530

American Legion Cumberland Post 13


Divine Mercy Parish St. Michael's Catholic Church
44 East Main Street, Frostburg MD 21532

National American Heart/Stroke Association
4217 Heart Place CT, Glen Allen VA 22060

Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 123, Cumberland MD 21502

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