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Kate Farrow 1913-2002

19th of October 2002

Kate died peacefully on 5th August, aged 88. She had lived at Brambles on the Common with her husband Stanley since 1976, having moved to Chipperfield after Stanleys retirement from the construction company established by his father. Kate trained as a photographer and worked as assistant to Norman Parkinson in the 1930s. She met Stanley at a party in Hampstead in 1935 and they married two years later.
After the war, they brought up their family, Susan, Jenny, Sarah and Tom, in their home in Arkley. They never anticipated being able to find a home for their retirement of comparable charm. Their dreams were realised at Brambles.

They were soon immersed in village life and enjoyed supporting the Horticultural Society, the Art Group, Meals on Wheels, and Chipperfield Care from whom Kate in turn received valuable support. They created a lovely garden which they opened to the public for the benefit of the Red Cross and which featured as an organic garden in the national press and on the BBC.

Kate will be remembered walking her labrador Brandy or, more recently, Perry in the woods and sometimes driving around the village in search of him. She was also a keen collector of unwanted spectacles, sending over 7000 pairs to the African Medical Mission run by Jenny and her husband Chris in Umtata, South Africa. Always cheerful and optimistic, she was devoted to her family. She is survived by Stanley, their children, 17 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

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