Elaine “Mac” Macmann Willoughby, of New Castle, died Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, on March 22, 1926, she was the daughter of Walter Thorne and Mabel (Wishart) Macmann.

She received her B.S. from Wheelock College and her M.S. and Ph.D from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Mac grew up in New England, lived for many years in Oberlin, OH where her husband taught flute at Oberlin College,
and later moved to New Castle, NH.

She loved children and enjoyed writing many children’s books in addition to teaching other aspiring children’s teachers over the years. Her passions included gardening and traveling to England with her husband, Bob, where they created many fond memories and made many life-long friends. She was an active supporter of charities and wrote “The Story of Strawberry Banke” that sold for many years at the Strawberry Banke Museum with profits going to the museum.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Hugh Willoughby; son, John Willoughby and his wife Bonnie of Stow, MA;
and her grandchildren, Courtney, Chelsea, and Colin Willoughby.

She is buried at the Oceanside cemetary in New Castle, NH

Celebration of Life

November 17, 2012
New Castle Congregational Church
65 Main Street, New Castle, NH

Order of Celebration

Charles Blood

Greeting and Opening Words
Rev. Ronald Staley

Rev. Ronald Staley

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

“Petite Valse” by Andre Caplet
Vanessa Mulvey, flute
Charles Blood, piano

In the Words of Mac Willoughby
Courtney Willoughby - "Barefoot"
Chelsea Willoughby- excerpt from "Boris and the Monsters"
Colin Willoughby - excerpt from "Mystery of the Lobster Thieves"

“Morceau de Concours” by Gabriel Faure
Kathy Borst Jones, flute
Charles Blood, piano

Reflections on the Life of Mac Willoughby
John Willoughby

“Golliwog’s Cakewalk” by Claude Debussy
Wendy Rolfe, flute
Charles Blood, piano

Scripture Reading
Rev. Ronald Staley

Rev. Ronald Staley

Adrianne Greenbaum, flute
Charles Blood, piano

Rev. Ronald Staley

Charles Blood

"Use your time to say one last goodbye to the walls , not your walls; to the windows, not your windows…. And someone else will be flushing your toilet and getting wet in your shower….You can’t take these things with you, but you can take one last picture of all these things and look carefully and remember these things that held your laughter… I will remember it forever, and when I have the urge I can relive it all over again. And when you want to find me again just open the window and look over the trees and I will be there all over again."

 Mac Willoughby

© 2014 John Willoughby