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Melinda A. Gaither (Nolan) Lafferty

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Melinda A. Gaither (Nolan) Lafferty Obituary

Melinda "Lin" Lafferty, of North East, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after a courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was surrounded by her loving family as she entered eternal rest.

Lin was born on April 29, 1952, the daughter of the late Lee O. and Ruth N. Gaither. She had been a longtime employee of the state of Pennsylvania, having worked at the welfare office, the office of blindness and visual services, and retiring as manager of the Vital Records office.

Lin loved fishing, golfing, God and her family, not necessarily in that order. She had a ready laugh and a smile for all.

Lin is survived by her devoted husband, Jim Lafferty; loving children, Mike (JJ) Nolan, Jon (Elia) Nolan, Jennifer Nolan-Blynt, and Megan (Joe) Bolla; stepchildren, Tim (Waleska) Lafferty, and Jamie Snyder (fiancé Mike Pati); sisters, Barbara Gaither, Deborah Gaither, and Patricia Fye (George); a brother, David Gaither; eleven grandchildren, three great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East, on Friday 2-4 and 7-9, and are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. David Waldo. Interment will be in North East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from July 24 to July 25, 2014
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