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In Loving Memory of
Aurea Isabel Halford

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in your mercy hear and answer me.


Aurea Isabel Halford was born January 24, 1943 and passed April 10, 2021.

Bella was a beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt and supportive family member.  She will be remembered for her strength of character, her love of others and profound dedication to prayer. For over 50 years she had a career devoted to teaching students ranging from grade school to university. In the process she amassed a prolific curriculum vitae and more importantly touched thousands of lives with her care. With her kind and generous disposition she shaped the lives of many. Bella was a determined woman who faced challenges with courage, exhibited a strong work ethic and displayed true American values.

She was a unique and tender soul who sought to do good. 

She is survived by her son, foster daughter, seven brothers & sisters and many other family and friends.

Mass of Resurrection May 5, 2021

St. Boniface Catholic Church Edwardsville, Illinois.

Burial St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery Edwardsville, Illinois.

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd Granite City IL 62040  618-876-4321
Saksa Mateer Funeral Home  210 N. Kansas Edwardsville IL 62025  618-656-7577

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