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Patricia McFarland

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Patricia Connors McFarland, 81, died at Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston, on August 8, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Juneau, Alaska, she moved to Lexington with her husband, Philip, in 1968. For more than twenty years, beginning in the 1970s, Mrs. McFarland taught Spanish at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Her husband taught English at Concord Academy from 1965 until his retirement 30 years later. On the night of his wifes death, Mr. McFarland was dozing in a chair at her side when he was awakened by the sudden silence as her breathing stopped. The couples two sons had been visiting in the hospital room shortly before. Mrs. McFarland was educated at the University of Washington, taking her degree in Spanish in 1954. She taught school in Baguio, Philippines, in Tokyo, and in Long Beach, California, before venturing east and assuming a position in educational publishing. There she met her husband, also an editor, and they were wed seven months later, at the start of a marriage that lasted 53 happy years. Their son James, 51, is a professor of German studies at Vanderbilt University. A second son, Joseph, 46, teaches English at Natick High School. In addition, Mrs. McFarland is survived by her daughter-in-law Leah, her brother Joseph Connors of Seattle, Washington, four nieces and a nephew, as well as grand- nieces, a grand-nephew, two great grand-nieces and a great grand-nephew, all of whom live in the West, and all of whom she dearly loved. She loved as well, equally, a niece and three nephews, with their extensive, wonderful progeny, on her husbands side of the family. Mrs. McFarland was preceded in death by her father, James J. Connors Jr., of Seattle, her mother Rose Flynn of Santa Clara, California, her stepmother Clara Connors, and her sister-in-law Marie Connors. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 15, at Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, Lexington. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, East Lexington, on Friday morning, August 16, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, or to Sacred Heart Parish, Lexington, MA, 02421.

Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Aug. 13 to Aug. 20, 2013
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