Anne Zachos
1934 - 2020
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EXETER - Anne Delight Colby Zachos died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, having battled Alzheimers for almost ten years. Born in Concord, N.H. on June 20, 1934 to Helen Sayles Colby and Willoughby Amos Colby, Anne attended Concord High School, then Wellesley College, graduating in 1956. After graduation she worked for the Red Cross in Boston, Mass., and at MIT. It was while living in Boston that she was introduced to Kimon Zachos (also of Concord) on a blind date. In 1959, Anne and Kimon were married, and remained so until Kimon's death in 2014.

Anne was part of a generation that straddled the roles of women in society. Educated and ambitious, she was a stay at home mother for many years. Yet Anne was always a feminist, instilling in her three daughters, Ellen, Elizabeth, and Sarah, the belief that they could accomplish anything. She hosted Gloria Steinem in her guest room, lobbied for passage of the ERA, and actively supported Democratic candidates, despite her husband's position in the N.H. Republican party and their frequent political debates. She was a steadfast wife and partner, and a devoted mother. When her children were in high school, she went back to work as the secretary for her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester, N.H.

Anne gave generously of her time to charitable work in Manchester, serving on the Board of Directors of the Manchester Public Library, the N.H. Charitable Foundation, and the Humanities Council. She was actively involved with the institutions that mattered most to her: Wellesley College, YMCA Camp Huckins, and The Currier Museum of Art. She firmly believed that art in all forms was essential, and supported local artists with scholarships and volunteerism.

The things we remember most about Anne were not her social and civil accomplishments, but the life she created for us at home. She could do anything. She sewed matching dresses for her three daughters, learned to cook Greek food like a pro, organized elaborate family trips abroad long before the internet made that easy, and could drive anywhere with astonishing calm in the days before we all had a GPS on our phones. Her confidence and capability made you feel safe when you were with her. Of course there were rules and chores, which gave us a sense of responsibility and an understanding of consequences. There was also much laughter, because humor was as important as education. There were hours of singing on long car trips, and every day ended with supper, all of us together at the table.

Anne was not only a devoted wife and mother, but also a loyal friend. She maintained relationships with her friends from Concord, Camp Huckins, and Wellesley College for her entire life, some of them for over 80 years.

Anne was predeceased by Kimon, her parents, and her sister, Cynthia Gabrielli.

She is survived by her daughters Ellen Zachos (Santa Fe, N.M.), Elizabeth Zachos (Brookline, Mass.), and Sarah James (Exeter, N.H.).

Alzheimers is a cruel disease, forcing a family to grieve the loss of their loved one while the loved one lives on. We choose to remember our mother the way she was in her prime: strong, opinionated, an excellent cook, an avid traveler, a loving mother, and an energetic student of life. We are relieved that her struggle is over, and can never thank her enough for the many gifts she gave us.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to YMCA Camp Huckins, Annual Fund, 17 Camp Huckins Rd., Freedom N.H. 03836.

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Published in Seacoastonline.com from Jul. 9 to Jul. 12, 2020.
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Patricia Winton
July 14, 2020
Ellen, Liz and Sarah, we were so sorry to hear of your moms passing. What a wonderfully accomplished individual she was in addition to being a great mom. Much love from our family to all of yours. Love Bill and Xanthi Manias
Bill Manias
Family
July 12, 2020
While we were not close friends during our college years, Anne was one of my favorite Wellesley classmates. We spent time together at reunions and served as class officers in the late '80's...and re-uned in NYC when she visited her daughter. I loved her spirit, her sense of social justice, her politics. I miss her.
Toni Holland Liebman
Classmate
July 9, 2020
Ellen, So very sorry to hear about your moms passing. I remember meeting her and your dad at your house, when you and I were in theater in high school. She was very sweet as was your dad. My heart goes out to you and your family
Peter Pitula
Acquaintance
July 9, 2020
Oh, the wonderful memories of Anne as we shared many years of worshiping and volunteering together at the UU Church of Manchester, NH. Anne gave so much to the church community through her remarkable leadership and gracious spirit. And it was always a delight when Kimon attended the many social functions too. My condolences to to all the family.
Claudia Boozer-Short
Friend
July 5, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Tim Giotas
Friend
July 5, 2020
Anne was one of the most remarkable women we've had the privilege to know and she'll be missed. If more of us could use and share even half the talent and intellect she so wisely used, the world would be a better place. Knowing and working with Anne in the UU church in Manchester was an inspiration for thirty+ years and putting together Susan B. Anthony events in the '80s was an extraordinary experience!
Your family was fortunate with two special parents and we hope your happy memories have been seeing you through this tough time.
David & Judy Corbit
David & Judy Corbit
Friend
July 5, 2020
I got to know Anne while part of Manchesters historic Interrogation Club, and so enjoyed her papers shared in this most amazing collection of women whose curiosity and research was every month a delight, like Annes middle name. She was a force and a wonderful example how women should be. Sympathy to her family.
Pat DeGrandpre
Acquaintance
July 5, 2020
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Anne was quite a force in our community and beyond, and her daughters are her greatest legacy. Know that I remember her fondly from many organizations, the last of which was Interrogation, where her erudite comments and presentations continued to enrich our circle. Please accept my very deepest sympathy on your profound loss.

Warmly,
Selma Naccach-Hoff
Selma Naccach-Hoff
Friend
July 5, 2020
I enjoyed any opportunity to speak with Anneshe modeled a complete version of what it means to be an empowered woman. It is beyond unfair for life to have stripped her of the intelligent mind that was at the pinnacle of her many assets. At this time Im also remembering the most lovely tribute your dad did many years ago in the N.H. Womens fund to all of his four women. Ladies, you were blessed with two amazing parents! Rest In Peace Anne.
Anna Ryan
Friend
July 5, 2020
I enjoyed any opportunity to speak with Anneshe modeled a complete version of what it means to be an empowered woman. It is beyond unfair for life to have stripped her of the intelligent mind that was at the pinnacle of her many assets. At this time Im also remembering the most lovely tribute your dad did many years ago in the N.H. Womens fund to all of his four women. Ladies, you were blessed with two amazing parents! Rest In Peace Anne.
Anna Ryan
Friend
July 5, 2020
Anne was a gracious, intelligent woman who volunteered her time to help others in many ways and to support causes and candidates she believed in. Craig and I and others have missed her presence since she left Manchester and were sorry to lose her from the UU Church of Manchester.
Christine C Monroe
Friend
July 5, 2020
Loved working with Ann on the Manchester YWCA's Susan B Anthony event and appreciated her skills and honesty. She always spoke so warmly of her family and influenced good change in Manchester over the years. Condolences to family and friends who valued her so much.
Eileen Brady
Acquaintance
July 3, 2020
Your mother was an inspiration. I was thinking about her just yesterday, the day she died.... That just shows how strong her spirit was. I will never forget her. I am sad for you all, as her death marks a physical end to her life, even though I acknowledge that you lost her some years ago. We will all remember her the way she was--vibrant, interested, lively, happy. And really intelligent.
Claudia Damon
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