Obituary: Anne Carleton Procter, 85, beloved grandmother, Person-To-Person volunteer
Anne Carleton Procter died quickly and painlessly from heart failure late in the evening on December 24th, 2014 in Oakland, CA while visiting her daughters and their families for the Christmas holiday. She was 85 years old.
Anne was born on July 7, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spent her childhood with her four brothers in Minneapolis and on the family farm in River Falls, WI. During her high school years, she moved with her family to Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Wellesley College, a school she loved, in 1950. After college, she worked as a researcher in the Chemistry departments of Cornell Medical School and Northwestern Medical School. She met her husband, Arthur Wyman Procter, Jr. in New York City. They had their first two daughters in Chicago, IL before settling permanently in Darien, CT where their third daughter was born. Anne was a full time mother until returning to work as an administrative assistant at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance in Stamford, CT. She worked there until her retirement. After retirement, Anne was always on the go, playing tennis and golf, volunteering at Person-to-Person at Saint Luke’s Parish, reading extensively, traveling the world, and visiting friends and family. When her husband passed away in 2008, she moved to the Meadow Ridge community, a community that embraced her, in Redding, CT. It will be no surprise to all who knew her that Annie played paddle tennis with friends, traveled across the country, visited Alcatraz and the San Francisco Academy of Sciences, and played games and baked Christmas cookies with her grandchildren in the days just before her death. Annie was full of life, happy, vibrant and active until the end.
Anne was an inspiring woman - always positive, adventurous, strong, and full of energy. She was brilliant, kind, and unwavering in her love and support of her family. She was a fantastic role model for her daughters and the world’s best grandma to her eight grandchildren. She and her late husband, Arthur Wyman Procter, Jr. had many friends and were involved and respected community members in Darien. Anne will be dearly missed.
Anne is survived by her younger brother, Fred Carleton, her three daughters, Ellen Procter Wilson, Margaret Procter, and Katharine Procter, her stepdaughter Prudence Procter Haines, and her grandchildren Jennifer, Sam, Ben, Carly, Nate, Sophia, Richard, and Sidney.
Expressions of sympathy should be sent to the family c/o Ellen Wilson, 503 Park Way, Piedmont, CA 94611. In lieu of flowers, gifts should be sent in Anne’s name to Person-to-Person at Saint Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or to The Wellesley College Fund, Wellesley College Office for Resources, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. A memorial service and reception celebrating Anne’s life will be held at Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien at2pm on Saturday, January 31st for all who would like to attend.