In Memory

Sister M. Raymond Rafferty, IHM

August 28, 1909 – November 20, 1999


Sister M. Raymond Rafferty, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, November 20, 1999 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 28, 1909 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Agnes. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret McAndrew Rafferty. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1928, made temporary profession of her vows on April 14, 1931, and final profession of her vows on August 2, 1934.

Sister Raymond served as a principal and teacher at the following schools: St. Mary of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Dunmore, PA, from 1935 to 1945; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Pittston, PA, from 1968 to 1969; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, PA, from 1970 to 1974; and St. Paul Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1974 to 1987. She teacher as a teacher at the following schools: St. Paul Elementary School in Cranston, RI; Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Greensboro, NC; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, NY; and at schools located in Pittsburgh, PA, and Mount Holly, NJ.

From 1989 until the time of her death, Sister Raymond served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/music from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose, Margaret and Mary R. Keeler, and six brothers, Joseph, John, Charles, Aloysius, Thomas and James.

She is survived by three nephews, Thomas Keeler of Clarks Summit, PA, James Rafferty of Scranton, PA, and John Rafferty of Greensboro, NC, and a niece, Angela Rafferty of Union City, NJ.

The funeral will be Tuesday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the Marian Convent, followed by interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the Marian Convent on Monday between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

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