Obituary for Patricia MacFarland (Proctor)
Patricia Woodbury (Proctor) MacFarland, a resident of Northborough, MA for over 65 years, passed away November 24, 2017 at the Scandinavian Home in Cranston, RI at the age of 97. She is reunited with her husband, Jameson D. “Mac” MacFarland, parents Fred and Hattie (Haskell) Proctor, siblings Robert, Edwin, David, Howard, and Helen and their spouses, and other deceased family and friends.
Patricia graduated from Northborough High School and Mount Holyoke College. She used her geological knowledge in the Federal Government in Washington DC during WWII and afterwards taught geology at Clark University in Worcester MA. Aunt Pat devoted her life to caring for nieces and nephews, her father, and her aunts and uncles in Northborough.
She was the Sherlock Holmes of the Proctor/Rice/Haskell lineage and of Northborough/Central Massachusetts, researching in cemeteries, town halls, churches, and bookstores to develop genealogical and historical articles and reference materials. She created an educational program for Northborough students which integrated local Northborough history, people, companies, and events with national and international historical events and movements. She and tour guides she trained would take groups of students to the many local historic sites.
She was involved very actively in the Northborough Historical Society, and in wildlife preservation, land and wetlands conservation, historic preservation, and animal humane society efforts.
She was an active member for many years in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Northborough Historical Society, Northborough Bicentennial Celebrations, the Haskell and Rice Family associations, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She donated much of her family and town research, diaries, photo albums, records, and rare books to area genealogic and historic societies.
She used her many talents to make history, genealogy, nature, and geology come alive for so many.
Her humor and wit will be missed by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, and all who interacted with her.
A celebration of Patricia’s life will be held on Friday January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Hays Funeral Home in Northborough, MA with interment to immediately follow at Northborough MA’s Howard Street Cemetery.
A lifelong champion and enthusiast of history in lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532.
To read Patricia's complete obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit her Book of Memories at www.HaysFuneralHome.com .