Lynn H. Farber

Passed away on September 25, 2015
Lynn Howison Farber "Chi Chi"Orleans- Lynn Howison Farber, age 68, of Orleans, MA passed away peacefully with her family by her side on September 25, 2015 after a six year battle with cancer.Lynn was the wife and best friend of Dawson L. Farber III for 45 years. She was born in Portland, Maine and grew up in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. She was predeceased by her father, Ludwell Lee Howison, and mother, Dolores Spencer Howison.Lynn and Dawson met at Clark University in Worcester, MA and moved to Cape Cod after their marriage in 1970. During their early years, they undertook a labor of love and restored a marshside antique Cape in Eastham, where they raised their two boys, Dawson L. Farber IV and Corley L. Farber. A devoted mother, Lynn tended to their boys, volunteered in their schools, and kept their home a hub for many friends and relatives. After their children were grown, Lynn and Dawson fulfilled a lifelong dream and bought a waterfront home overlooking Pleasant Bay in Orleans. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she managed to turn an old hunting camp into a beautiful home fit for their growing family to enjoy holidays, parties on the deck, and boat rides from the dock. Lynn is survived by her husband, Dawson, their son Dawson IV, his wife Cirrus, and their three children, Madelyn, Lachlan, and Grayson as well as their son Corley, his wife Kelly, and their three children, Oliver, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. Lynn is also survived by her sister Gail Karkos, her brother Lee Ludwell Howison, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.Known as Chi Chi to her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, Lynn was special to all who knew her. She possessed a keen sense of humor and never minced words, but always respected the thoughts and words of others. A welcoming hostess, she loved to fill her home with the laughter of family and friends, all while enjoying the beauty of the bay. Living her life by the tides, she enjoyed beach walks, shellfishing, and boating as well as gardening, cooking, and world traveling. Never was her smile bigger than when she was watching her grandchildren perform in plays, concerts, and various sports. She regrets that she wouldn't get the chance to dance at Madelyn's wedding. If one could take away any lesson from her life, it would be to live each day as if it were your last- that there is no dress rehearsal. Chi Chi will be dearly missed, but forever remembered.Per her request, burial will be private. She was in awe of all the medical staff that assisted her, especially Dr. Kevin Oh at Massachusetts General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be given in her name to his continued research so that others might have life. Donations can be made by check to Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, Attn: Katie Fischer, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or online at The Farber family will match all donations and continue to support the fund in her name.For online condolences, please visit