Rose Helen MacFarlane Southworth

Post Mills, Vt. — Rose Helen MacFarlane Southworth, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Hanover, N.H.

Rose was born to Pearly and Camilla (Tripp) MacFarlane on Nov. 16, 1922, in Post Mills.

After graduating from Thetford Academy, she served in the United States Navy from 1940-1944 as a First Rated Ships Cook. Upon returning to Post Mills she owned and operated the Airport Café. In 1947 she was married to Roger S. Southworth and together they ran the Mid Valley Farm in West Fairlee until 1963 when they divorced.

In later years she was a proofreader at Dartmouth Printing Company and retired in 1985 from Conval in Ely, Vt.

Rose moved to Norwich Senior Housing after retirement, where she lived until August of 2013.

Rose was an avid Red Sox fan, loved watching the Celtics and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, reading, listening to music, and taking long walks. She was a member of the Post Mills Congregational Church where she sang for many years in the choir. She will always be remembered for her “MacFarlane Wit.”

She is survived by two daughters, Penny Adams of Island Pond, Vt., and Susan S. Illsley of Post Mills, Vt.; one son, William R. Southworth of Corinth, Vt ., Nick’s widow, Vickie Macfarlane of West Fairlee, Vt.; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one sister Barbara ( Bobbie) Southworth of Post Mills, as well as many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by one son, Nick Macfarlane and two sisters, Aletha and Pearl.

At Rose’s request there are no services held.

The Hale Funeral Homes of Bradford and Thetford Center, Vt., are in charge of arrangements.

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