GREENFIELD - Alberta G. (Girard) "Bert" Farr, 91, a resident of 102 Maple St., died peacefully at home on Monday, May 19, 2014, in the company of loving family, following a period of declining health.
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A native of Montague, MA, she was born on July 2, 1922 to John J. and Alexandrine M. (Descoteaux) Girard. She attended the former St. Anne's Parochial School and graduated from Turners Falls High School in the Class of 1942.
Bert worked for the former Gem Market (which was owned and operated by her father) and later for the former First National Store and Black's IGA in Turners Falls, MA. She was best known for working as a sales clerk for 15 years at the former Brown's Toy Store in Greenfield, MA.
Bert was an avid Red Sox fan and attended her first game at the age of 86. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading, animals and wildlife. She was a staunch supporter of various animal and wildlife humane societies.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls, MA.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, in particular her granddaughter, Jasmine Farr-Marcum.
She was married to Kimball D. Farr on June 27, 1949 in Turners Falls and celebrated 52 years of marriage prior to his passing in December of 2001.
Bert is lovingly remembered by her children: Arlene B. Farr and her wife Catherine Marcum and their daughter Jasmine of Greenfield, MA, and George K. Farr of Turners Falls, MA Additionally, there are several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews, as well as many friends and neighbors who adored her.
Bert is reunited with her beloved dog "Riley," as well as her two cats, "Pickles" & "Kosher," who were her beloved companions.
She was predeceased by her siblings: Rita Fournier and John Girard, Sr., and his wife Patricia.
Funeral services, in celebration of Bert's life, will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial to be observed at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor, will be the celebrant. Rites of committal and burial will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA . Guests are asked to convene directly at the church on Friday morning.
Visiting hours will be conducted on Thursday evening, May 22, 2014, at the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Expressions of affection, in lieu of flowers, are encouraged in Bert's memory to: Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., Turners Falls, MA 01376.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book, condolence message available at:
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on May 21, 2014