Sarah Ellyn Farley was born in Roanoke, Virginia on Nov. 13, 1972, to David M. Farley and Joan F. Farley, and was a dutiful big sister to her only brother, Johnathan D. Farley. She passed on Sept. 13, 2010, after a brave fight with cancer. Ellyn's childhood was replete with the usual events, including golf outings with her father and Johnathan, Sunday mornings spent at mass reluctantly wearing a dress, and otherwise enjoying life at her family's lake house. Another one of Ellyn's enjoyable activities was spending time with her NanNar, through whom she picked up some of her humorous quotes. Ellyn eventually left Roanoke to attend Purdue University in Indiana. She majored in Philosophy, Political Science and Japanese and excelled in her studies and in her personal relationships, ultimately serving as president of her sorority. Her voracious thirst for knowledge led her to enroll in Loyola University Chicago where she received her law degree. She was an exceptional lawyer, sharing her talents with Ganetson Santora, Clausen Miller and Cozen O'Connor. Always one to take up for the underdog, Ellyn was recently named Pro Bono Illinois Attorney of the Month. On February 17, 2006, Ellyn married Jennifer Tobits in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They shared a home in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Their happy family included their golden retriever, Rilke, and pug, Ted. Many afternoons were spent on Montrose Beach swimming with the dogs. Ellyn was an avid traveler, taking yearly trips with her mom to distant places including Spain, Ireland and Switzerland. While upon first meeting Ellyn might have seemed shy, those who befriended her found her to be the opposite. She was known for her unique turns-of-phrase, many inherited from her father, and for being a perpetual prankster. She could always be counted on for a chuckle and had a penchant for temporary tattoos. She was thoughtful and generous, with a strong love for the musical works of fellow southerner Dolly Parton. She was also, as she often proclaimed, an excellent dancer. Ellyn was an amazing individual who will be sorely missed by everyone she ever met. Ellyn, it was an honor and a privilege to know you and we will always cherish your memory. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Ellyn's life on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 at St. Gertrude's Church at 1420 W. Granville in Chicago. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and a mass will begin at 11 a.m. A brunch will follow at Uncommon Ground on Devon Ave. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ellyn's name to One Tail at a Time, 3303 W. Ainslie St. #3, Chicago, IL, 60625, (217) 891-5741.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 15, 2010