May 23, 2016
Patricia A. (Rafferty) Holloway, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully on Monday, May 23, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was 69. In heaven she celebrates her 70th birthday with her many family and friends who have gone before her. Pat was born May 25, 1946 in Worcester a daughter of the late James M. and Margaret (Tangney) Rafferty.
Raised and educated in Worcester she graduated from the former Ascension High School and on August 26, 1967 she married her high school sweetheart Francis J. Holloway in Christ the King Church. They lived in Shrewsbury over 49 years.
Pat began work as a clerk and secretary in the Worcester County Sherriff's department. She later worked for the Massachusetts State Lottery before retiring in 2003.
Her life revolved around her family. There was nothing more important in life to her than watching her family grow. Pat cherished her time on the beaches at Hampton, Aruba and St. Martin and wintering in Fort Meyers, Florida . She loved snowmobiling and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and also loved to dance. She was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Worcester and was a former deputy sheriff.
In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her siblings, John and Carol Rafferty.
She leaves her husband of 49 years, Francis; their children, Michael F. Holloway and his wife, Lori of Shrewsbury and Kevin F. Holloway and his wife, Kelley of Sutton; she was the much loved Nana to Lindsey, Max, Meaghan, Michael and Daniel; her brother, James M. Rafferty and his wife, Carol of Rochester Hills, Michigan; her in-laws, Marie and James O'Neil of Somerset, New Jersey, Robert S. Holloway, Paul and Margaret Holloway, all of Worcester; and many nieces & nephews that she loved dearly.
Family and friends will honor and remember Patricia's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Wednesday, May 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26th in Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorials in her name may be made to Epilepsy Foundation of New England, 335 Main St #8, Wilmington, MA 01887 or St. John's Church, Food for the Poor, 44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604.
Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
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