Ann (Alexander) Lafferty, 68, of Covington, Ky., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and formerly of Old Forge, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Cincinnati, Ohio, following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was the beloved wife of Jerome Lafferty for 44 years.
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Born in Old Forge, daughter of Rita Notari Alexander of Old Forge and the late Rocco Alexander, she graduated as valedictorian of Old Forge High School in 1963. She enrolled in Penn 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 was 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.
Also surviving are a sister, Joan Alexander, of Old Forge; many dear friends and cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, and 17 loving nieces and nephews spread throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday at noon in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, Funeral Director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi. Interment will be private in Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Ann loved flowers. In her memory, please send a flower to a friend. To leave an online condolence visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
Victor M Ferri Funeral Home
522 Fallon St
Old Forge, PA 18518
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 27, 2013