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Ara B. Alford
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Ara B. Alford, affectionately known to family and friends as Arie, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham, N.C. Arie was born, in Durham, N.C. on November 19, 1926.

She was united in marriage to Philip B. Alford on September 21, 1945. They were married for 72 wonderful years. Arie and Philip loved to dance with friends at local social gatherings, as well as travel and spend time with family and friends.

Arie graduated from Durham High School in 1945. She worked for the Durham Public Library as a librarian. Later she was an interior decorator for Lucy Shaw Decorating, and was also a car travel agent with AAA Travel Agency.

She is survived by her husband, Philip, and two children, son Boothe Alford (New Orleans, La.), daughter Holly Stanford and husband Morris. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Cally Stanford, Alex Stanford and wife Megan, and three great-grandchildren Lacy, William, and Hunter.

Arie was the oldest of five girls born to Ara and Alfred Boothe. Many enjoyable times were spent with her sisters and brothers-in-law. Surviving are her sisters Mona B. Cox, Linda B. Hunt and husband Tommy.

Along with her parents, Arie was preceded in death by sister Jeanne B. Rinaldi and husband Norman, sister Jeanette Barbour and husband Charles “CD” and brother-in-law Bill Cox.

The family invites you to join them in a celebration of her life at Clements Funeral Home, 1105 Broad St, Durham, N.C. on Friday December 8, 2017 at 11:00am with a reception to follow in the Clements Funeral Home Gathering Room.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon St, Durham, N.C. 27705.

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Memorial Service




11:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Gathering of Friends and Family Following Service




12:00 PM
Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home

1117 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

Memorial Contribution

Asbury United Methodist Church

806 Clarendon Street
Durham, NC 27705

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