Marcia Anne Rafferty
August 24, 1926 – May 15, 2020
Marcia Anne Rafferty, 93, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter Megan on Friday May 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, NM.
Marcia considered herself a native Houstonian. Hilshire Village was her home for over 60 years until she moved to Albuquerque to live with her daughter in 2017. Marcia was a longtime parishioner of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. She loved gardening, swimming, knitting, reading, praying the rosary, but mostly she loved her family and friends. She also loved to laugh and look on the bright side. Moreover, she enjoyed a spirited debate, and she was known to switch sides if necessary.
Marcia was born on August 24, 1926 in Batavia, NY to John and Martha Maloney. She grew up in an Irish Catholic household alongside her older brothers John and Bobby and her younger sister Mary Pat. She attended Batavia High School where she cultivated great friendships and a love for music and writing. Having studied piano for many years, she received a scholarship to Julliard in NYC upon her graduation in 1944. She decided that she would instead attend Mundelein College, a Roman Catholic Women’s University in Chicago, Ill. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mundelein. She considered Medical School, but she was told upon applying that, although she qualified, she should give her spot to a soldier returning from the war. She began working at Baxter Labs in Chicago, Illinois.
Marcia loved to swim, and so her passion took her many weekends to North Avenue Beach. There she met a bright and handsome man from Kentucky. They only met because her radio was broken, but when he quickly fixed it, their amazing relationship began. Joe Rafferty and Marcia were married in 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Evanston. Together, they left the comforts and “establishment” of Chicago to go on an adventurous honeymoon in a red and white convertible through Old Mexico. They settled in a duplex in Houston, Texas which was as close to the Wild West as you could get at the time. Here they began to raise an amazing family. Courage, vision, and an abiding love and devotion brought them together and will keep them together for a blessed eternity.
Marcia and Joe built a wonderful life in Houston and over the years they had six children, many dogs, and a pool. It was not always easy, but together they felt it was rewarding. They loved their children dearly, but they always let it be known that they loved each other first. Their children played football, marched on the drill team, ran track and did well academically. Sadly in 1971, Joe Rafferty died unexpectedly, and Marcia was left to raise her 6 kids alone. She went back to work and did just that. She was fiercely independent, resilient, and committed to her children and their future. Once secured, she then was able to explore her own interests in retirement.
Marcia is preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Bobby, her beloved husband, and her loving son Joe. She leaves behind her daughter Coleen, Martha and her husband Todd Berry, Carrie and her husband Jeff Medeiros, her daughter-in-law Susan Rafferty of Houston, TX, her daughter Megan of Albuquerque, NM, and her son Michael and his wife Kim Rafferty of New Orleans, LA. Her wonderful grandchildren are Danielle Rafferty, Alex and Emily Rafferty, and Christina and Caroline Medeiros. She also leaves behind her sister MaryPat Hancock of Rochester, NY, who has four children and many wonderful grandchildren. Our family would like to thank Megan Rafferty for her love and devotion to Marcia. Thank you for uprooting your life, and for all the countless hours and sleepless nights you spent to ensure she was healthy and happy. We are all so grateful. Our family would also like to thank the Albuquerque Hospice Team for their kindness and support.
Our family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to: St Vincent de Paul Society, St Cecilia Conference, 11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, TX 77024.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Marcia Anne Rafferty
May 26, 2020
Marcia, aka Mom, was one in a million! She always welcomed me into her arms as one of her own from the fall of 1979 when Megan and I were freshmen roommates at Sam Houston State University. She was organic and Whole Foods minded long before everyone else. I remember her making me a sandwich back then on bread that was dark, with nuts and grains, and all kinds of vegetables like bean sprouts and avocados. She must’ve known by my face that I wasn’t too sure about it since a sandwich to me was plain white bread with meat and cheese more than vegetables! But I ate it anyway. It would be considered a great meal these days!
Marcia had the ability to make me feel like I was the most important person in the world when she talked to me and asked me questions about myself. It’s an endearing trait that she passed on to Megan as well. Just last summer we all had a great visit in Albuquerque. She will definitely be missed! Prayers of peace and comfort for Megan, Carrie, Marty, Colleen, Mike and all of the family.
May 25, 2020
I met Marcia in February of this year. I was visiting Albuquerque and was excited to reconnect with Megan, a dear friend from Spring Branch High School. How fortunate I was to get to meet her cute mother and baby sister, Carrie, on that trip. Marcia stayed up late with us, laughing and engaged. I knew she had been struggling with her health, but she seemed vibrant and lively during the days I was in town. I sat with her at brunch on Sunday, and we talked some about her work life when her children were young. As the daughter of a mother who worked as a secretary during the 1970s, I appreciated the challenges Marcia had likely faced while trying to take care of her kids. But my favorite memories of her will be the times when she smiled and said brightly in response to some comment from one or the other of us, “Oh, yes!”
May 22, 2020
Even in her advanced old age, Marcia sought out new friends in Albuquerque, and by doing so stayed young. She and Megan reached out to my husband and I, neighbors, and included us in several holiday and casual events filled with lively conversation, great food, drinks, song and games. Marcia did not preside so much as matriarch, but participated in all with girlish delight, a great sense of humor, and interest in politics, travel, and people. Her wit, kindness, curiosity, and faith were always on display. She was a delightful person to be around and know. Marcia and her joy for life will be sorely missed.
May 21, 2020
Where did all the years go. Marcia and I worked together for about ten years Back in 1985. Then as life has it we went different ways but the friendship we had never ended. We would meet for lunch at her home . She would have the best (healthy) meal . I always felt I was at a fancy cafe. We use to have the best conversations. The things I will always remember about her . Is how special she would make you feel. She was always uplifting And a positive women. Her faith was very strong. I will always say she was my mentor. I will deeply miss her but she will always be in my thoughts and prayers. My prays also go out to the whole family . Marcia loved her family and spoke of how proud she was of everyone of them. Love Linda , Stan Davis and Family
May 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy for your lost, I worked with marcia for many years at H E I , chc west Houston, i adored her, and her wisdom , i will miss her dearly