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Obituary: Evelyn MacPherson

Evelyn MacPherson, age 91, died March 18, 2012 at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Southern Pines, NC. A memorial service will be held this summer in Pinehurst and will be announced when plans have been finalized.

She was a resident of Pinehurst, NC, and a member of the Pinehurst Country Club for 25 years. Before moving to North Carolina, she lived in Port Washington for the previous 35 years. She was married to Walter MacPherson for 55 years until he died in 1995.

Evelyn loved to travel and visited many countries including Italy, Japan, England, Greece - but Italy was her favorite destination. She also loved to play golf and bridge and played both well into her 80s. She loved to entertain friends at small dinner parties, where she graciously displayed her considerable culinary skills. Two of her many specialties were leg of lamb, which she prepared for her children and grandchildren for holidays and other special occasions, and pasta with meat sauce, which has been cooked by other members of the family for years.

Regardless of where she was, Evelyn was genuinely liked, as it was obvious that she liked people. She maintained many files of articles on self-improvement, hope, positive thinking, spirituality and other life-enhancing practices and made them daily habits - like Ben Franklin’s 13 virtues.

Even though she only spent about four months at Elmcroft Assisted Living before she died, many of the residents stopped by her room each day to say hello to Evelyn - the resident with the happy eyes, smiling face, and positive words.

Evelyn and her husband Walter hosted an annual family reunion in Pinehurst for the past 25 years, where the families of her two sons and a niece spent a week together every July. With games, meals and sporting events for the family to share together each year, Evelyn and Walter helped foster bonds within the family that will carry on for generations.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas R. MacPherson and his wife Lois of Charlotte, NC, and James A. MacPherson and his wife Paulette of Greenwich, CT, and also her grandchildren, Liza Mills and Lindsay Freeman and Juliana and Douglas MacPherson, four great-grandchildren and a special niece, Annette Lotterer and her husband Jim, of Andover, MA.

Evelyn’s sons Tom and Jim feel blessed with having had such a wonderful and loving mother for so many years. They talked with her often and very much appreciate the family reunions which she and their dad started. Tom and Jim were the fortunate recipients of many of her life-suggestions and hope that her positive outlook on life will continue to be part of the fabric of their families.

Tom and Jim express their gratitude to the many health care individuals and companions in North Carolina who were so kind, supportive and helpful to their mother during these last few months.

Please send memorials to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX, 75034, The American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615, or to Liberty Hospice, 300 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387.

Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Pinehurst will be assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at