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Memorial for Mary Stafford

Born in Baltimore, MD
resided in Goffstown, NH.
Service: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
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GOFFSTOWN - Mary Elizabeth Stafford, 88, passed away October 29, 2017, at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, Manchester, NH, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born February 26, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, to George Earl Wise and Catherine Cecelia (O'Toole) Wise. On April 23, 1955, she married John H. Stafford, of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, at Albrook Air Force Base, Panama Canal Zone. During his career, they were stationed in California, Panama, New York, Massachusetts, West Berlin, Germany, Maine, and New Hampshire. They have lived in Goffstown, New Hampshire since his retirement from the Air Force in 1972.

For 35 years, Mary worked as a cook at Goffstown's Upper Elementary School and Mountain View Middle School, retiring in 2011 at the age of 82.

Mary is survived by her husband of 62 years, Major John H. Stafford, and her eight children: Ron Kerr of Florida, Tim Kerr of California, Bobby McClary of Kansas, Betty Creamer of Kansas, Peggy Williams of Georgia, Joni Kleimann of Georgia, John G. Stafford of Goffstown, and David Stafford of Goffstown, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, her brothers George, Albert, Joseph, and Charles, and her sisters Florence and Margaret.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 3 at French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast Street, Goffstown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at

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