2011-12-02 / Obits

Dr. Christine Gaffney


Dr. Christine Gaffney, 87, a longtime Rockaway resident, died September 27.

Gaffney was born in Anderson, New York on December 5, 1923. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 30 years where she served as a deaconess. She also served as president of the South Carolina Club, president of the Board of Christian Education, superintendent of the Sunday school, and began the Calvary Baptist Church tutoring program.

Gaffney was preceded in death by her husband, Ezelle Gaffney; son, William Gaffney; brother, Rev. John Rickenbacker; and sister, Sallie Marshall.

She is survived by her daughter, Vashti Gaffney-Niles; sons, Ezell Gaffney Jr. and Lawrence Gaffney; sonin law, Dr. Wallace Niles Jr.; daughtersin law, Kate Gaffney, Sharon Gaffney, Patricia Gaffney (deceased), and Betty Gaffney; grandchildren, Jason Gilmore, Stephanie Gaffney, Craig Gaffney, Latrice Gaffney-Corbitt, Wallace Niles, Janelle Niles, Brian Gaffney and Christine Gaffney; great-grandchildren, Qadeera Gaffney, James Gaffney, Terry Corbitt Jr., Taylor Corbitt, Tyler Corbitt, Gabrielle Gilmore, Tajdric Gilmore, Tyler Gilmore, Niya Gaffney, Arianna Gaffney, and London Gaffney; sister, Mamie Simuel; aunt, Grace Gaffney; cousins, Annie-Mae White, Doreatha Gaffney, Dr. Jeremiah Gaffney III, PhD and Dr. Mary Gaffney, MD.; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. A funeral mass took place at Calvary Baptist Church, Jamaica, New York. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.

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