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Carol T. McPherson

September 6, 2023

Carol McPherson Obituary

Carol was born in Shrewsbury, Ma. On August 25, 1943. The great loss in

her life was the sudden death of her father when she was 7 years old.

After finishing high school, Carol moved to Boston where she attended

Wheelock College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood

education and then a Master’s in Social Work from Simmon’s College. She

spent the next 25 years at Beaverbrook Child Guidance Center as a

therapist and it was during this time she adopted 3 girls from India, two of

them coming from Mother Theresa’s orphanage.

Instead of retiring, Carol collected a menagerie of farm animals: chickens,

goat, pigmy pigs, morning doves, cat and dogs, all of whom lived with her

in Newton. She began an enrichment program for city children so that the

children would be introduced to farm animals and for a time she visited

various early education facilities. Carol worked for awhile as a preschool

teacher in Chinatown. She ended her career working for Hospice as a

Social Worker.

Carol’s girls have fond memories of doing volunteer work with her at

Drumlin Farms, NE Aquarium, the Heifer Project. They participated in

some of her efforts to save historical sites in Newton. A visit and camping

trip to Carol’s brother and wife in Utah was a highlight in the girl’s lives.

Carol is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Betsy and Bob

McPherson and their 6 children, her three daughters Nirmala Lynch, Gita

McPherson, Phalmalati Southerland and her four grandchildren Serina

Feeley, Thomas Lynch, Priya Holske, and Vivaan McPherson-Holske.

Carol passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side on  September

6, 2023 after battling Alzheimer’s.

A celebration of Carol’s life will take place at Christ Episcopal Church in

Needham, Ma. (1132 Highland Ave., Needham, Ma. 02494) October 14 at

11 am.

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Memorial Service
October 14, 2023

11:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church
1132 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02494


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