Newburyport, MA – Josephine H….

Newburyport, MA – Josephine H. (Johnson) Rafferty, passed away peacefully at Country Center in Newburyport, on March 29, at the age of 86, after a short illness. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of the late John A. Rafferty.
Born in Newburyport on August 26, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Delora Johnson of Newburyport, and was a graduate of Boston University, where she received her master’s degree.
Josephine was a career librarian, retiring from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Library, and she was very passionate about her city, her alma mater, and the power of books. Christmastime was her favorite time to celebrate, she would make wonderful trays of baked goods for all her neighbors to enjoy. 
She is survived by her sister-in law, Patricia Whitley, along with many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport. By her request, there will be no visiting hours. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.

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