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Barbara K. Sargent Rafford

Profile Updated: November 29, 2017
Residing In:
Mesa, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner - wedding date:
Ray Rafford Sept. 20,1962
Michele Lynn born 1966
Michael Scott born 1971. Married Kelly Ann Holland (July 1996)
Current Occupation:
retired elementary teacher
Did you graduate in January or June?

June '59


Claire Brigid (15 1/2 yrs.)
Sean Michael ( 13 yrs.)
Kathleen Francis "Kate" ( 11 yrs.)
Patrick Joseph "PJ" ( 8 yrs.)

About My Career:

After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1964, I began my teaching career in Northville where I taught 4th grade at Main St. Elem. School. The next year I taught 3rd grade at Patchen Elem. School in Westland. I then retired from teaching for a number of years to stay home and raise our two children. Prior to moving to AZ in 1984, I worked in the Wayne-Westland School District in PreSchool Special Education.
The last 15 years, before retiring in 2002, were spent teaching 3rd grade in Gilbert, AZ at Islands Elem. and Playa del Rey Elem. Schools.

Currently, I am volunteering in PJ's First Grade classroom.

Redford Memories:

One of my favorite memories was being in Miss Doll's English class. I remember we traded pencils to grade another classmates test or quiz. Her reasoning behind it was that no two pencils were alike.
Who else remembers that?

Education after Redford:

B.S. Degree in Elem. Ed. from Eastern Michigan University (1964)

Graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University


Trips to Hawaii in 1995 and 2005, three memorable trips to Ireland (2000, 2002. and 2007), Alaskan cruise in Aug. 2007 and New England and Canadian cruise to celebrate our 46th anniversary in Sept. 2008.

In March of 2010 we enjoyed a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise on the Norwegian Star.....same ship we went to Alaska on in Aug. 2007.


Lived in Michigan until 1962. Married in
CA while Ray was stationed with the Army at Ft. Mac Arthur. Returned to Michigan in 1963, lived in South Lyon for two years. Moved to Westland where we lived until we moved to AZ in 1984.

What grade school did you go to?

Larned Elem School

Did you attend any of our 50th Reunion Weekend Events September 25 - 26 - 27, 2009?

I attended the Friday Night Reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Saturday Night Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Sunday Morning Breakfast at the Embassy Suites Hotel

Attending Friday Evening Reception (09/26/14)


Attending Saturday Reunion Dinner (09/27/14)


Attending Sunday Farewell Brunch (09/28/14)


Attending Redford Reunion Golf Outing (09/27/14)


Attending Historic Parshallville Cider Mill (09/27/14)


Attending Lunch – Everyone! (09/27/14)


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Nov 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM

  So sorry, Skip. Sending you heartfelt sympathy on the sad news about Joan. I remember how wonderful it was visiting with both of you at our 50th RHS Reunion. Always loved her sweet personality and wonderful smile. You were so blessed to have each other far beyond your Golden Anniversary. Hugs across the miles from AZ.

Barb(Sargent) Rafford









Jul 21, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Sending Happy Birthday wishes to you today!
Wishing you the best! ????????
Hope to make it back for our next RHS Reunion next May...didn't make the 55th. Did you? Hi to Dave! Your old friend, Barb

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Jan 30, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Posted on: Jan 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Happy Birthday, Ron!????????
You both look wonderful! Wishing you both good health and many more birthdays!
We both are well and feel very blessed! Grandkids and their activities help to keep us very active. Life is good!
Take care.

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Posted on: Sep 14, 2016 at 5:40 PM

What fond memories of our elem. years and Scouting!
Noticed you sent message to Linda. Hope this finds you and your family well. We are both fine...just older! Blessed so far with good health
and good family times! Feel so blessed!
Stay in touch!
Take care.

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Oct 05, 2016 at 12:31 AM

Posted on: Sep 13, 2016 at 7:08 PM

Happy Birthday, Linda! Remember the fun times we had in elem. school! Saw Joyce at Redford's 50th Reunion.
Hope to make it to the next one in May 2018.

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Dec 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM

I wish you a Happy Belated Birthday and a very good year.

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Posted on: Jun 05, 2015 at 11:31 AM

I hope you got my birthday wishes. Anyway, hope you had a wonderful day! I agree that this new format is confusing! Hugs!! Barb

Jun 03, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Thinking of you on this your Special Day! Happy Birthday ! Hope you are having a wonderful day, dear friend! Love, Barb

Apr 25, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Best of luck!

Mar 10, 2015 at 11:41 PM
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Our Irish Wheaten, "Belle".
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50th Wedding Anniversary
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Ray and I with our oldest granddaughter (Claire) on her First Communion (April 2008).
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Our son Mike with his children (Claire, Sean, Kate and PJ) at Christmas.