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GAFFEY, Ann 1853-1948


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/9/2016 at 18:56:47

Mrs. Gaffey, Early Grundy Resident, Dies at Riceville

Mrs. Ann Gaffey, who came to Grundy county 64 years ago, and who resided here the greater part of her lifetime, died at Riceville, Iowa, at 8 o'clock last Friday morning.

Mrs. Gaffey's maiden name was Ann Duffy. She was a daughter of Michael and Mary Duffy. She was born in Ballaghaderran, County Mayo, Ireland, Dec. 18, 1853.

She came to this country with her parents when a child, and located in Fon du lac, Wis., later to Sterling, Ill., where she was united in marriage to John Gaffey.

They moved to Grundy County in 1869, and resided there until twelve years ago, when she moved to Riceville, Iowa.

Although in her eighty-first year, she took care of herself and her home until a week before her death. She had every one of her faculties, a keen mind, keen vision, and keen hearing, until twenty-four hours before her demise, when she lapsed into a coma.

She was a woman of sterling qualities and a devout Catholic.

Surviving to mourn her loss are a daughter, Mrs. F. H. Clark, Waterloo, Iowa, and three sons, Dr. James W. Gaffey, of Cedar Rapids; John, of Riceville; and Dr. F. H. Gaffey of Westmont, Ill., eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Agnes Simpson, preceded her in death, also three infant children.

Her husband, John Gaffey, died April 2, 1916.

Funeral services were held at the Immaculate Conception church, at Riceville, Monday morning at 8:00 a.m., Father Hetherington in charge. The remains were taken to Grundy Center, and the rosary was recited in St. Mary's church, of which she was a member for so many years.

Interment was at Grundy Center.

The pallbearers were her three sons, John, Dr. J. W. Gaffey, and Dr. F. H. Gaffey, her son-in-law, F. H. Clark, and her two grandsons, John D. Gaffey and James H. Gaffey.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 March 1934, pg 1


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