Virginia B. Faris
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(1920 - 2013)
Virginia B. Faris, beloved wife and mother, went home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on February 28, 2013. Preceding her in death were her sisters, Mildred and Ruth; her brother, Ernest; and nephew, James. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Faris, Jr.; son, Dr. John Faris, III; nephew, Jack Flournoy; niece, Jeanne Flournoy; her great-nieces, Linda, Suzanna, Yvonne, Debbie and Lisa; her great-nephew, Bill and their wonderful children.
Virginia was born at home on March 9, 1920 in Los Angeles to Bessie and Harvey Horton. Her family moved to Long Beach when she was 17. She attended Jordan High School, where she was a song leader and was involved in social activities. She then attended Long Beach Junior College (now Long Beach City College), where she was a song and cheer leader at assemblies and sporting events. She was a member of Kassai (a service club) and was also involved in many activities on campus. Virginia was honored when selected to be Fylke Queen for the annual school ditch day.
Virginia was a very talented art major and received a scholarship to The Chouinard Art Institute, which she could not accept because she was needed at home. She met and dated her future husband, John Faris, Jr. at LBCC. Virginia worked for the Edison Company for many years and managed the North Long Beach branch.
Virginia and John were married on January 29, 1944 in West Memphis, Arkansas. They lived in the South for three years where John served as a Captain in the Army Dental Corps. Their son, John W. Faris, III, was born December 18, 1945 in Alexandria, Louisiana. After John's release from the service they returned to Long Beach and have resided here since then. Virginia and John recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on January 29th.
Virginia spent most of her adult life serving and helping others. She was an active member of PTA at Longfellow Grammar School and Hughes Jr. High School. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts for four years. She served on the Board for the Auxiliary to The Harbor Dental Society for many years, was chairwoman several times and was involved with Children's Dental Health. The Society arranged dental check-ups and referrals at the public schools. She was also in charge of decorations at joint meetings with the Dental Society. Virginia was a life member of the Assistance League and worked to help underprivileged children at the Carmelitos Housing Project. Virginia was an active member of EBell for twenty years and served as chairwoman several times. EBell provided scholarships to Long Beach State College (now CSULB) and to Long Beach City College.
Virginia was an active member of Grace Brethren Church where she served in many areas of ministry for the Lord. The Memorial service will be Thursday, March 14th, at 1:00 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 1000 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach 90815. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Master's Seminary, Cornerstone Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship (Bellflower). Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Mar. 9 to Mar. 13, 2013