Rachael Holdcraft Farthing

Rachael Holdcraft Farthing died at the age of 95 on October 17, 2013 at Vantage House in Columbia, MD. She was born in Keedysville, MD and spent her early years in Baltimore and Hagerstown, Maryland. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs Paul Holdcraft and the widow of George Farthing of Williamsburg, VA. She was a resident of Williamsburg for 65 years.
Rachael graduated from Shenandoah Jr. College and then Lebonan Valley College with a BA degree. During WWII she worked for VEPCO in the distribution department doing drafting and surveying. Maps that she made of the underground wiring in the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg are still in use today. While raising her daughter, she worked part time as a seamstress in the costuming department of Colonial Williamsburg. She worked on the costume crew for "Story of a Patriot and "Music of Williamsburg" She also made many of the costumes for the outdoor drama "The Common Glory." She went back to work full time at the College of William and Mary in the admissions department and retired after 20 years of service.
Mrs. Farthing is survived by her daughter Susan H Farthing and 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Olive Branch Christian Church, 7643 Richmond Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188

Published in Virginia Gazette from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25, 2013