- Deceased's name: Dorothy N. (Smith) MacFarland
- Age: 92
- Date: December 4, 2012
- Hometown: Woburn
Dorothy N. (Smith) MacFarland, a lifelong Woburn resident, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. “Dot” as she was known to family and friends, was the daughter of Wm. Franklin and Emma M. (Miller) Smith. She was born in Woburn on November 6, 1920 in the family home at 13 Spring Court. She was equally proud of her mother’s grandparents who brought the family here from Denmark in the late 1800’s and her father’s family which included multiple founders of Woburn. When she was four, the family moved to Clinton Street. She liked to point out that even though she moved two more times both moves kept her with driveways on Clinton Street. Dot attended the Wyman School, the then-new Junior High wing of the High School, and Woburn Senior High graduating with the Class of ’38. She worked after school and later full time at her father’s meat and grocery store, W. F. Smith’s Market, at the corner of Clinton and Main Streets. While working there she met her husband, Horace A. “Shorty” MacFarland when he was delivering meat. Eventually he would leave that job and join the store. They were married in 1949.
Following the deaths of her parents, Dot and Shorty inherited the store and ran it until competition from the big stores forced them to close it in the late 1960’s. She had taken on a second career selling clothing through home parties for Dutchmaid, Inc. and continued this until that company closed. In 1976 she went to work at Marshall’s warehouse to save for a trip to Europe. The trip was taken in December 1976, but she stayed on and retired from that job in early 1986. She didn’t slow down; she started providing day-care for her grandchildren and caring for her husband who eventually died in 1997. More recently she has been sewing items and selling them at local craft fairs.
She was the mother of Carolyn M. Cribbie of Woburn, grandmother of David Cribbie of Madison, NH and Marie C. Kiley of Woburn, great-grandmother of Shane Kiley of Woburn, and sister of Anna Eckberg of Lowell and the late Franklin Smith. She is also survived by her cousins Violet Stokes and her husband Frank of Woburn and Gertrude Carmichael of Georgia, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Dot was a member of Aletheon Chapter #154, Order of the Eastern Star and member and Past-Chief of Edmund Lodge #91, International Order of Vikings.
A funeral Service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn, on Friday, December 7 at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be Thursday Evening from 4 -8. Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the First Congregational Church Steeple Fund, 322 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the charity of your choice.