Anne MacFarland

February 24, 1950March 15, 2014

Anne Shipman MacFarland of Wellesley, MA died March 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Phillip MacFarland, mother of Kate and Natalie, and grandmother of Henri Phillip Robert. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Dana Shipman, sister of Harry Shipman of Newark, DE, and sister-in-law of Valerie Bergeron, James MacFarland, Lisa Farmer, Elizabeth and Marshall Schlosberg, Andrew MacFarland, Aida Saihi, and Joseph MacFarland. She also leaves her nieces and nephews; Alice, Tom, Morgan, Trevor, Deia, Rachel, and Ben, as well as many cousins. Born February 24, 1950 in Hartford, CT, she was a graduate of Oxford School in West Hartford, CT ('68), Cornell University ('72), and Southern Connecticut State University. She was joyously married to Phillip in September, 1972. Anne was a technology analyst with her own business, following a rich and varied career in library science, historical archives, and technology. She loved playing music, gardening, knitting, books, and her friends and family. She had a full and happy life. A memorial service will be held on April 26, 2014 at 1pm at the Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Steep Rock Association of Washington, CT, the Stowe Center of Hartford, CT, or the Wellesley Food Pantry.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 26, 2014

Anne MacFarland

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Karen Margison

January 7, 2015

Dear Kate and Natalie, You don't know me but I was a good friend of both your parents when they were first married and we lived in the same apartment building. I have very fond memories of talking politics, reviewing books and playing bridge late into the night. . . I lost touch, as often happens, but they were a touchstone of that part of my life. I can only imagine what wonderful and interesting parents they were. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry that you lost them at such young ages. Sincerely, Karen Woolsey (Margison)

Tom Alshuk

July 8, 2014

I knew Annie and Phil at Cornell and spent time with both Ann's family and Ann & Phil's family into the 1980's. I knew Ann as a vital and interesting person and I am saddened at her loss.

W. John Gabb

July 1, 2014


I am unknown to Anne's family but recall with fondness briefly knowing Anne while she attended Oxford School. She was on my bucket list to see again but sadly it was not to happen. I am pleased she had such a full and happy life.

Elizabeth (Bernardo) Szklennik

April 14, 2014

Kate and Natalie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Steve Bartlett

April 13, 2014

As a former colleague at Clipper Group, I admired her wit and wisdom as we collaborated on many subjects. I know her lose will be grieved but with many cherished memories.

Carol Lash

April 2, 2014

Though I didn't see her as often as I would have liked; I loved every moment I had with your mom. Whenever we were in the same space; we talked endlessly and discussed all things great and small. I will miss her brilliant mind and warm heart. She was one in a million. Love to you both, Natalie and Kate.

Becky Fosnock

March 28, 2014

Dear Kate and Natalie, I was devastated to hear today that you lost your mom. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate through this latest loss.

rob camp fuoco

March 23, 2014

dear phillip and kids, so sad to hear of the passing of your dear wife and mother. annie was such a rare mix of erudition and the willingness to dig in and get her hands in the soil to lend a helping hand. i worked with annie many years ago at the stowe center, and for years after when she so often offered volunteer help. my most sincere sympathies to you all. rob camp fuoco burlington , ct.

March 19, 2014

I'm just shocked to hear about Anne. Condolences to you Katie & Natalie,and Harry. You may or may not remember me. I'm Mrs. O'Keefe daughter, Ruth.

It seems like yesterday I was enjoying Anne's childrens books when she was done with them as she was just 5 years older than me. I'm so sorry for your loss.