Obituary of Patricia Jean Rafferty Parr

Patricia Jean Rafferty Parr, 77, died on July 3, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 11, 1944, the daughter of Francis Xavier and Louise Summerford Rafferty. She grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia and graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1963. She graduated from Hagerstown Business College.

In 1967, she accepted a job as a CIA secretary and moved to Berlin, Germany. While in Berlin, she met her 53-year-old husband, Joe Parr, a military police officer assigned to the CIA. They were married in Martinsburg on May 31, 1969. In 1975, they moved to Hamilton, Virginia. Pat was a stay-at-home mom until 1984 when she started working as a real estate secretary for Raymond Realty in Hamilton. In 1993, she continued to work for the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Leesburg as a legal secretary until her retirement in 2002. In 2003, Pat and Joe retired to Savannah, Georgia.

Pat was very active in her children’s sports and activities. She and Joe loved to travel and their travels took them all over the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. She was an active member of the Coastal Corvette Club and enjoyed many monthly cruise nights. Upon retirement, she worked part-time for the children’s store, Robyn’s Nest. She was a communicant of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist. Her greatest joy was to be “Mimi” for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joseph A. Parr, brother, Michael Rafferty (Nancy) of Huntsville, Alabama; son, Joe Parr and his fiancée, Gladys Viola of Lincoln, Nebraska; daughter, Katie Parr Kelley (Jimmy); and grandchildren, Jimmy Kelley, III and Cecilia Kelley, of Savannah.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The Christian funeral mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022 at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral Basilica. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Arbor Scholarship Fund at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, 412 Parkersburg Road, Savannah, GA, 31406. Hope Arbor is a ministry of community respite for those with memory loss where Pat was a joyous participant.

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Posted on July 07, 2022

Posted in Savannah Morning News

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