Edna Margaret Lafferty
1919 - 2011
Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel
27501 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Edna Margaret Lafferty, our beloved mother and dear friend has passed at the age of 92 on April 14, 2011. Edna died from complications due to end stages of Alzheimer's disease. She was born on March 5, 1919 in Ft. Fairfield, Maine and had a wonderful family upbringing. She and her three brothers and three sisters helped on her father's potato farm. From the patience and compassion that her parents instilled in her, Edna developed an added sense of the importance of teaching and made it her life's work. In her youth, she developed many athletic hobbies: skiing, skating, tennis, dancing, and horseback riding which showed off her long flowing red hair. She graduated from high school at the age of 16, received her A.B. from Aroostook State (now known as University of Maine at Presque Isle) in 1939. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse (the same schoolhouse she had attended) where she developed her motto of "never give up on any child". She ventured to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1942 and continued teaching. At an art class provided for servicemen coming home from WWII, a young Army Air Corp officer met the class model - a young teacher on Christmas vacation donating time to the cause - Harold Lafferty began a courtship and they were married on June 17, 1945. After moving to Wisconsin, their first son, Harold Edwin Jr. was born one day before their first anniversary. They moved to Hawthorne, California in 1947 and eventually had two more sons: Timothy Tom in 1951 and Barry Brett in 1958. She continued her education and received her Bachelors of Science at U.S.C. in 1953 and her Masters in Education, also from U.S.C. in 1966. Edna was hired by the Wiseburn School District, a small district in Hawthorne and went on to have and incredible career teaching for 46 years. She taught a total of 51 years and only retired at the age of 75. When asked about going so long she replied, "I have the opportunity with another class of students, to help instill a love of learning, to give them a spark that will help them in their future years." How can you measure the worth of an educator who helped to create confidence and pride in students that went on and became more successful students and successful citizens? Fifty-one years adds up to quite a gift to society. Edna was a loving, caring, devoted mother who helped her three sons in many, many ways. She loved to dance, travel, take pictures, and spend time with family and friends. In the last stage of her life, she had a wonderful caregiver, Tina Moore, while she was still at home. For the past year and a half she was under the fantastic and loving care at Belmont Village Assisted Living Facility (in the "Neighborhood") in Palos Verdes. Edna is survived by two of her sons, Timothy (Donna) and Barry. She will be sadly missed but always remembered. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Green Hills Memorial Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes at 11:00 am followed by a graveside service. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the American Alzheimer's Association.

Published by Daily Breeze on Apr. 16, 2011.
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Barry and Tim , Thanks so much for the copy of a great teachers obit. /as a fellowteacher and friend, I was most happy when loking over my new classlist for 6th grade at Anza, to see the names of students who had been in Edna's fifth grade. I knew there was nothing feft for me to teach them, that I ccould go to those who had not been so fortunate . She was so great as a teacher, mother, and friend. I learned so much from her.
Alice Bryan
April 25, 2011
I did not have Mrs. Lafferty for a teacher but my brother did for 5th grade at Sepulveda in Del Air. I remember going to an open house and seeing the White house and Capital building's made out sugar cubes. Mrs. Lafferty's class room had such interesting projects always going on. Even though she was not my teacher I remember her very well.
Tanya, Eric, & Terri Smith
April 25, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Lafferty Family. I was a student at Anza and was a student of Mrs.Lafferty's. She was a wonderful teacher, tough at times but it was only when it was needed. She will be missed by so many people who's lives she had touched.
Karen Mahoney
April 25, 2011
Praying for your family and our sincerest condolences. She will be greatly missed.
Doug Janda
April 20, 2011
My parents moved to the Wiseburn School District in 1959. I was going into 4th grade at Jose Sepulveda. I remember my mom walking me to school the first day to meet my new teacher, Mrs. Lafferty. I remember being 9 years old and being a little scared going to a new school, meeting a new teacher and not knowing any other children. Mrs. Lafferty made me feel so welcome and eased my fears, through her I met my new best friend. Mrs. Lafferty was the warmest most caring teacher I ever had, I was so sorry to have to leave her class and go on to 5th grade. When my daughter started school at Anza in the early 1980's I ran into Mrs. Lafferty with her warm friendly smile and caring look, remembering how kind she was to the little girl that was new to the school. I don't know how many lives she has touched over the years but I know that I am a better person for having her in my life as my teacher. Thank you Mrs. Lafferty for being my teacher.
With Deepest Sympathy
Linda Hubert
April 19, 2011
Dear Barry and Family, We wish you peace and comfort during this time. I may have followed the brighter siblings, but I certainly learned one thing in 5th grade from your mom. "Thou shall win the paper drive and Thou shall have the best Luau class party ever. Oh and keep a clean desk. Great times were had by all for many years. Sincerely, Donna Tucker (Dye Family)
donna tucker
April 18, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to the Lafferty family and to all of us that Mrs. Lafferty taught and believed in. She was my strictest teacher and my favorite teacher too. Thank you Mrs. Lafferty.
Greg Hill
April 18, 2011
It just so happens I was browsing the Daily Breeze online yesterday ... no particular reason, because I have lived in Kentucky for 20 years. I learned of Mrs. Lafferty's passing and wanted to express my sympathy to you, her family and friends. There are only a handful of teachers that we REALLY remember and she is one of them! 5th grade in the late 60's would have never been the same without her! I am sorry for your loss.
Tess Hoffman
April 18, 2011
Tim, Donna & Barry,

John Crotty just called me this evening to inform me of your Mother's pasing. Edna touched the lives of so very many. She will always be remembered as you share the stories and the memories of how she lived her life and how very much she meant.

Anita Harmon-Bell
Fair Oaks, Ca
April 17, 2011
Dear Barry & Tim, So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I have such fond memories of all the years we lived so close to each other. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. God Bless, Sherry Winders Simmons
Eugene, OR
April 16, 2011
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