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Ann R. Lafferty (nee Alexander) age 68 years of Covington, KY and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico passed away peacefully from a long illness on November 20, 2013. Ann was born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her senior class in 1963. She enrolled in Pennsylvania State University, achieving the Presidency of both Mortar Board and Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and graduating as an Honors student and recipient of the Dean's Cup in the Business College in 1967. Following graduation she was recruited to join the fledgling Systems Division at the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, where she was employed for 20 years. In her spare time she volunteered and contributed to many charitable activities with a focus on education and gardening. She was an active and valued member of the Cincinnati Woman's Club, College Club of Cincinnati, Alpha Xi Delta Alumni, Civic Garden Center, Herb Society, Navy League Puerto Vallarta, Toys for Tots, the Peter Gray Museum of Art and many other organizations. Ann worked tirelessly for the children of Puerto Vallarta through the Toys for Tots program and the Peter Gray Museum's children's education program. Ann was also particularly fond of gardening, was a Master Gardener, and known for the cottage garden she tended for many years at her former home in Clifton, and the tropical garden at her home in Puerto Vallarta. She was also an avid traveler, particularly to Italy, her ancestral homeland, and Latin America where she lived for over 20 years with her husband in Venezuela and Mexico. Ann was the beloved wife of Jerome Lafferty for 44 years, and loving daughter of Rocco (deceased) and Rita Alexander and sister of Joan Alexander, all of Old Forge, Pennsylvania. She also left behind many dear friends and cousins, brothers and sisters in law, and 17 loving nieces and nephews spread throughout the U.S. and overseas. Celebrations of Ann's life will be scheduled in the near future in Cincinnati, Old Forge, and Puerto Vallarta. In memory of Ann, please send a flower to a friend. Memorial gifts are suggested to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati 45242, the Cincinnati Woman's Club Scholarship Fund, 330 Lafayette Avenue, Cincinnati 45220, or to the
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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 24, 2013