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Anne Farrar McEachern Of Corte Madera passed away February 5, 2010, in a way that most people would wish for: In her own home and bed; alongside the husband she deeply loved. She was eternally devoted to Lee McEachern, Sr. and that love and devotion were returned by him completely. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary just a few months ago. A lengthy illness brought an end to her good and happy life. Anne and Lee met as children in Birmingham, Alabama. They graduated from the University of Alabama and Anne became a teacher as Lee went off to war. Their four children, Linda, Lee, Laura and Lon, were born in Memphis and Anne interrupted her career to be home for their early years. The family moved to Marin in 1958 and a few years later Anne returned to teaching in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District where hundreds of children through the years had the great good fortune to be in her classes. She was a gifted and beloved teacher; the kind we all remember forever. Everyone in her family tells of encountering now-grown adults eager to say that "Mrs. McEachern was the best teacher I ever had." Her friends adored her gentle, kindhearted spirit, her caring heart and her beautiful voice with the slight, sweet southern accent that, in all of her 85 years, never left her. She loved her husband and her family; she loved teaching and her students. She loved her special, close friends including those in her bridge group -- an association that went back 50 years. And we all loved her dearly and forever. Farrar is survived by Lee McEachern, Sr. Mom is survived by Linda and Chet Wood of Danville, Lee McEachern Jr. and Cris Jones of Greenbrae, Laura and Terry Bart of Jackson, Wyoming, and Lon McEachern and Carol Czyzewski of Santa Clara. Grandmother is survived by Matthew, Brian and Emily Wood; Lee III, Britt and Kyle McEachern, and Ryan and Colleen McEachern. Anne Farrar is survived by her brother and sister, Dr. Hampton Smith and Carolyn Kyle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions either to the Marin Literacy Program or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 11th at Daphne Funerals, 610 Tamalpais Ave., Corte Madera.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Feb. 10, 2010
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