Obituary: Elizabeth Macfarland Rosenberry, loved travel, gardener honored by Smithsonian
Tibby was born July 8, 1938 in Evanston, IL to Lanning and Elizabeth Macfarland. She attended New Trier High School, Smith College and George Washington University, spending summers horseback riding at family homes in Missoula, MN and Wickenburg, AZ. She made her debut at the Passavant Cotillion in 1959. After graduation, she spent a year in Paris furthering her education by attending the Alliance Francais. Tibby loved travel. While at Smith she met her lifetime partner, Frank Rosenberry, whom she married on December 31, 1960 in her hometown of Winnetka, IL – an anniversary easy to celebrate and difficult to forget. Tibby was a delightful companion at home and during their many trips for pleasure and business abroad. She is survived by her husband Frank, her brother Lanning Macfarland (IL), and daughters Landes Rigby (OH) and Rowena Koran, husband Michael, granddaughters Isabel and Catherine (MA) and her furry friend, Tilley. She was predeceased by her brothers David and Willard Macfarland, and son-in-law Michael Rigby. Loving years were spent in Darien, New Canaan, Atlanta and again, from 1979 to present, at their home in Darien.
For 10 years, she co-owned a business, Flowers & Co, doing flowers for occasions, delighting in design and execution of beautiful arrangements. She cooked lunch for the Darien Senior Center in its first year. She was an accomplished cook, with a lifelong interest in studying cooking and reading recipes, including classes with James Beard and Maurice Moore-Betty. Many will remember her carrot soup at their annual Christmas Pudding party. Tibby enjoyed her long membership at Wee Burn, including fine dining, battles on the tennis court and bridge table. With Frank, she built a retreat in Warren, CT, starting with an old barn frame. Her many interests included raising and loving a series of dogs, gardening (particularly her passion for roses in her ‘secret garden’), completing Frank’s original needlepoint designs, tennis, reading, crossword puzzles, bridge and an enduring commitment to the Garden Club of Darien, GCA for over 30 years. The Garden Club provided an outlet for her creativity and she received recognition for her many contributions including horticulture, mentoring new members, participating in GCA shows and serving as president. In 2010, Tibby’s garden was accepted into the Smithsonian Institute’s Archive of American Gardens.
Tibby had a beautiful life. She will be remembered for her intelligence, elegance, kindness, generosity, wit, and creativity. She was a loving spouse, grandmother, mother and friend.
A Memorial Service is planned for Spring.
— by the Family