Alice Catherine Parfitt

July 6, 2014

Alice Catherine Parfitt, Orwigsburg, died Sunday.

Alice was born to a Welsh-Methodist mining family in Coaldale, where she graduated from high school. After working as a secretary in a coal company office, she married Ralph Henry Peters, a colliery operator, in 1949. They lived in Tumbling Run, then Schuylkill Haven.

Mr. and Mrs. Peters had three children. Her husband predeceased her.

Through the best of times and many hard times that followed, "Maisie" devoted herself to her children and remained avidly loyal to her friends. Extraordinarily generous, she was a warm-hearted hostess to all who entered her home. People mattered to her; possessions did not. She encouraged a love of books and music within her family and drew great satisfaction from every success of her children, great or small.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Ralph Henry Peters Jr., Warrenton, Virginia, and Bruce Robert Peters, Mechanicsburg, and Catherine Ann (Peters) Magnant, Toano, Virginia, and Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by a grandchild, Maggie Wimmer-Magnant, Richmond, Virginia.

We, her children, will remember her drinking scalding coffee at her kitchen table while listening gleefully to a well-told tale — or telling one herself.

The funeral will be held at E. Franklin Griffith Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, and will be restricted to family members. Anyone wishing to honor "Maisie" may make a donation to the Tamaqua Public Library, South Railroad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online registry and condolences may be signed at

Funeral Home

655 E BROAD ST TAMAQUA, PA 18252-2206

Published in Republican & Herald on July 8, 2014