Mary McCarthy Farr passed away Jan. 16, 2012. She was born and raised in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland to Jeremiah and Mary McCarthy, and was the third of ten children.
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Mary immigrated to the United States in 1949 and vividly remembered having to land in Boston due to the airport in New York City being fogged in. After being bused back to New York City, Mary worked for a family in the city. This job eventually led to a job in Cody, Wyo. where she met her husband, Shelton Farr.
Married in 1951, Mary and Shelton ranched in Cody for 17 years. There they raised five children. Mary became a U.S. citizen in 1964.
The family moved to Billings in 1968 and over the years, Mary worked as a nurse's aide, did daycare in her home, and worked as a housekeeper.
Mary worked throughout her life to make life better for her children and her family overseas. A deep faith, hard work, integrity, and a commitment to family were her hallmark.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Fredrick; and her husband, Shelton Farr. She is survived by her sons, Francis (Connie Mackay) of Bozeman, Jerry (Brenda) of Boise, Idaho, and Daniel (Lynette) of Sidney, Mont.; a daughter, Mary Ann (Gordon) Gildroy of Roundup, Mont.; and seven grandchildren, Nick and Nolan Farr, Sara, Bridget and Ashley Farr, and Heather and Heidi Gildroy.
In honor of Mom's request, a private family service will be held. Please send memorials to Rimrock Humane Society, P.O. Box 834, Roundup, MT 59072.
This wild Irish lass is now jigging in heaven.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 19, 2012