Anne R. Mcfarland, 19; Aided Cystic Fibrosis Drive

Posted: February 09, 1988

Anne Rachael McFarland, 19, 1972 poster child for the Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, died yesterday at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Miss McFarland, of Willingboro, received John F. Kennedy High School's Distinguished Achievement Award upon her graduation in 1987.

"She was a real plugger, despite the breathing handicap," her father, Harry W. McFarland, said last night of his daughter, who was a member of the high school varsity tennis team. "I won't say how good she was, but she could beat me," he said.

Her former tennis coach, Bob Hughes, agreed that Miss McFarland was "a decent player" who tried hard. "She always enjoyed being on the team," he said. "When I think of Anne McFarland, I see a big smile."

Miss McFarland was active in school, according to her father. She was assistant editor of the school's newspaper and worked on the yearbook.

"She was a good fighter," her father said. "She liked visiting other children (with cystic fibrosis) at St. Christopher's and was a real inspiration to them."

In addition to her father, surviving are her mother, Jean R.; two sisters, Victoria Anne of Willingboro and Elizabeth J. Cocker of West Point, Miss.; her paternal grandparents, Eva and Harry B. of Cumberland, Md., and her maternal grandmother, Guy W. Ramsay, also of Cumberland.

Services will begin with a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Goes Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ the King Episcopal Church, Charleston Road, Willingboro, with burial Friday in Frostburg, Md.

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