Family, students reeling after heroic death of Westbrook woman

5:31 AM, Jul 16, 2010   |    comments
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Westbrook, ME (NEWS CENTER) -- A grandmother who died after rescuing her granddaughter from a current at Old Orchard Beach is being remembered for her kindness and her smile.

Anne Farley, 57, was a librarian at Bonny Eagle Middle School. 

Old Orchard police say Farley jumped in to the water to save her 3-year-old granddaughter, who was caught in the current from the outflow of Goosefare Brook. She was able to get the child out, but was unable to escape the current and got pulled into the ocean.

Farley died early Wednesday at Maine Medical Center. Students and staff are Bonny Eagle Middle School, where Farley worked as a librarian for six years, are reeling from her untimely death.

They say she was always helpful and greeted everyone with a smile. They say sacrificing her life for someone else's was true to her character.

"It would be something that she would do, she was pretty nice, seems like she would do that for a kid," said Scottie Benoit.

Farley's husband John tells NEWS CENTER that his wife was always a hero to him during the 17 years he has known her. A funeral mass will be held for Farley at ten a.m. Monday, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Portland.

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