Alice Rafferty

Alice Rafferty, 93, of New England, N.D. passed away Nov. 13, 2012 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.

Posted 11/16/12

The Herald

Alice Rafferty, 93, of New England, N.D. passed away Nov. 13, 2012 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.

A Funeral Service for Alice will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 19, 2012 at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in New England with Pastor Janel Kolar officiating. Burial will follow in the New England Community Cemetery.

Visitation for Alice will be 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a Prayer and Eastern Star Memorial Service being held at 4:00 p.m.

Alice passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.

Alice Thelma Olson was born February 24, 1919 in Hettinger County, the daughter of Anton and Thea (Hegge) Olson. She attended country school in Kennedy Township, later coming to New England where she graduated from high school in 1938. She worked in Wisconsin for one year, then returned to New England where she married Stanley Rafferty on September 19, 1939. To this union eight children, Dale, Verne, Patricia, William, Nancy, Murry, Lee and Carrie were born. Stanley and Alice raised their children while farming in Havelock. After retiring they moved into New England. Alice enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and baking. The family got together with neighbors to play cards, go on picnics, and share in community projects. Alice and Stanley enjoyed dancing and bowling. Alice was very active in her communities, always ready and willing to help others. In her later years she enjoyed traveling and camping with family and friends. Alice was a very accomplished quilter, having made over 100 quilts for family, most being hand quilted. She was very proud to see her children and grandchildren continue their education. She valued her time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Alice was a member of New England Congregational Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendant, teacher, and church clerk (33 years). She was a Farmers Union Youth Leader (25 years) and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Alice was active in the Havelock Homemakers Club, New England Senior Citizens, Pinochle Club, and Democratic Women and was very proud of voting in all elections, even 2012!

Alice is survived by Verne (Yvonne) Rafferty of Anchorage, AK, Bill (Karen) Rafferty and Lee (Cheryl) Rafferty both of Watford City, ND, Murry (Pam) Rafferty of Perham, MN, Patricia Rafferty of New England, Nancy (George) Graff and Carrie (Brad) Skaare of Windsor, CO; fourteen grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Stanley; son, Dale; son-in-law, Jerry Hanson; daughter-in-law, Sharon Rafferty; sister, Minerva Schmitt and one grandson, Travis Hanson.

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