Friday, April 29, 2011

Anne Cochrane McFarlane

Drew and Morgan's maternal grandmother passed away on Sunday. Morgan's remembrance of her grandmother is here.

Carmel, CA - Anne Cochrane McFarlane departed this life on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 surrounded by family at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Born on December 27, 1928, she was a descendant of the Lester family, agricultural pioneers in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Anne attended Fresno State College where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta. She married William McFarlane in 1948. They had five children.

In Clovis, California, Anne was a member of PEO and a founding member of the Los Rancheros Guild of Valley Children's Hospital. She served on the University of California Agricultural Advisory Council and the Republican State Central Committee.

A participant in the Carmel community for over half a century, she was influential in the founding of Mozart in Monterey Festival. Anne served on the Boards of Directors of the Bach Festival, Monterey Opera, Art Asia, Carmel Music Society and Heritage Garden.

Anne was a devoted supporter of military personnel active in theatres of war. She wrote thousands of postcards and arranged for military care packages to servicemen, beginning in World War II and continuing through present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Surviving Anne are her children, Susan Harper and her husband, Chip of Paris, Texas; Sayre Miller and her husband, Byron of Clovis; Jane Gamble of Pacific Grove; Alison McFarlane of Carmel Valley and James McFarlane and his wife, Darla of Clovis; her grandchildren, Holland Harper, Jordan Harper, Anne Biard, Alix Putman, Evan Miller, Whitney Miller, Darcy Biagioni, Shannon Yager, Brice Gamble, Ashley Gamble, Andrew Heringer, Morgan Heringer, Kaitlyn McFarlane and Madison McFarlane; and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves her dear friend, Foye Walkup.

Services were held at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Carmelite Monastery, 27601 Highway 1, Carmel, CA 93923.

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