Tribute to Majorie Rafferty

Majorie Rafferty, a dedicated teacher who gave over 40 years’ service to Kamdebo Primary School in Aberdeen, passed away earlier this month from cancer.

Marjorie will be remembered by many in the community as ‘Miss Margie’, a kind and caring teacher who was committed to many aspects of the school’s life. She served on the school’s governing body for many years, coached netball, and was always actively involved in fundraising events.

She was born in Somerset East, and left Spandau Secondary School with a standard 8 certificate. She trained as a foundation phase teacher, and studied further, once she was teaching, to upgrade her qualifications.

In 1975 she married Mervyn, and the couple had one son, Milroy, who for many years was the manager at ABSA bank in Aberdeen. Sadly, Milroy’s wife Jillian passed away from cancer in 2016, and Mervyn and Marjorie have been very involved in the care of their three grandchildren, Malcolm, Je Royce and Caleb. “Marjorie’s home and her immediate family were her pride and joy,” said her brother Clifton.

Marjorie was also very involved with the women’s fellowship group of the Dutch Reformed Church in Lotusville, and was very concerned about the less fortunate members of the community. She was a founding member and chairperson of the then Democratic Party in Lotusville.

Only her immediate family were aware of the seriousness of her illness, which started with a pain in her side last December. She had surgery to remove the tumour, and underwent chemotherapy for seven months. All this time, she maintained a cheerful façade, and her friends and even her brother had no idea of her suffering.

She leaves a rich legacy in the thousands of children who passed through her classroom over the years.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Mervyn, son Milroy, and grandchildren.

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