Arlene M. Raftery, age 75, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of Duxbury, MA died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at her home surrounded by her children.
Mrs. Raftery was born on February 6, 1942 in Quincy, MA, the daughter of the late James Smithson and Mary Wickham Smithson. She was a 1962 graduate of Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing and went on to earn her certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Northeastern University. She worked for 40 years in private practice. She enjoyed volunteering at local schools and immunization/vaccination clinics and serving her community as a neighborhood representative. Outside of work and civic involvement, she enjoyed cooking and traveling, especially cruising.
Mrs. Raftery was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Joseph P. Raftery. She is survived by her sons, LTC Brian W. Raftery, U.S. Army (Ret.) (Mary Therese) and Michael A. Raftery (Michelangelo Apodaca); daughter, Laura E. Raftery (David Blake); grandchildren, 1LT Matthew Raftery, U.S. Army (Elizabeth), SPC Sean Raftery, U.S. Army, Kiera Blake, and Erin Blake; brothers, James L. Smithson (Lois) and Arthur J. Smithson (Denise); and sister, Marilyn A. Borrelli (Steve), as well as nine nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.
A joint memorial service for Arlene and her recently deceased husband Joseph is being planned for May 13 in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910 or Bluffton Self Help, Donations Department, P.O. Box 2420, Bluffton, SC 29910.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton
Monday April 10th, 2017
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
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Aunt Arlene you were taken from us way too soon. You will be missed more then you know. I am glad you are not suffering anymore and can now be with Uncle Joe. You are loved very much. Sending hugs to you in Heaven.
Submitted by Andrea on Apr 3 2017 12:49:59 PM
Such a loss of a wonderful woman.i will miss my mentor,and my friend. I will fondly remember her portable patio cocktail hours after work, Kendall Jackson with one ice cube,and so much more. Early July will never be the same without their visits. Sending all our love, Bob and Anne Pike
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