Virginia Farr of Mountain View Retirement Community in Ashland, Oregon passed away peacefully on May 1, with her two daughters by her side. She moved to Oregon in 2001, after living in San Francisco where she was Director of the International Visitors' Center for ten years, retiring in 1990. Virginia spent many weekends and vacations in Sonoma. She also traveled throughout the world with friends, family and colleagues, carrying paints and journals to record adventures in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. She was a devoted member of the Rogue Valley Center for Spiritual Living in Medford, Oregon.
Virginia was born on July 25, 1921, to Franklin and Gladys Grist of Minneapolis. Most of her childhood was spent in Appleton, Wisconsin, with three younger siblings, Jim, Louise and Jack. She attended Lawrence University for two years, graduated from Northwestern in 1944, and married Bill Farr, a Navy Lieutenant with whom she ran a record store in Appleton called Farr's Melody Shop. They raised two girls in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, and later in Connecticut and New York City with summers on the Maine coast.
She will be missed by daughters, Linda Farr Darling of Vancouver, BC, Canada; Sara Farr of Chicago; her sons-in-laws, Murray Ross and Lin Brehmer, and her beloved grandson, Wilson Brehmer, as well as her sister Louise, her brother Jim and his wife, Mary, her sister-in-law, Judy, and ten nieces and nephews (several, like Julie, as close as her children) and their families, along with many friends who brought joy and love into her beautiful life.
There will be a gathering with music at Mountain View on Thursday, May 9, at 3:00 p.m.. Virginia's family will come together in Wisconsin to celebrate her life in September, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends who would like to remember Virginia send donations to the