Deborah Ann Farson
The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 E. Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM
DEBORAH ANN FARSON Deborah Ann Farson was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of four children. She is survived by her sister Karen Farson Warren of Anaheim, California and brother Michael Farson of Seattle, Washington, as well as a niece and three nephews. Deb grew up in the city of Hawthorne and was a graduate of UCLA. After graduating from UCLA, Deb pursued a career in molecular biology at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and Cell Genesis. Deb had several patents and authored multiple publications. Upon moving to Santa Fe, she established Farson Ink, specializing in Scientific Editing. Debbie had a deep love for nature, gardening and native plants. She created beautiful gardens wherever she lived, rich with flowers and vegetables. Debbie decorated her garden and home with folk art angels, paintings and other artisan crafts. This expression of her softer, creative side stood in contrast to her well-earned reputation as a scholar. She enjoyed her friends, books, book clubs, bridge games and a glass of good scotch. Deb was brilliant. Friends did not dare play scrabble with her unless they also did the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle in ink. From an early age, Deb displayed a determined, independent spirit. She was a political activist who was committed to organizations that supported women's rights and environmental issues. In her later years she became a Master Composter, Master Gardener and was devoted to the Native Plant Society. After attending "Media Literacy in a Fake News World," she became active in the Northern New Mexico Press Women. Her activism led Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber to declare June 2, 2019 as Deborah Farson Day. She was able to celebrate this achievement with family and friends just a week before she passed away. Deborah Farson died on June 10, 2019 after a six month battle with brain cancer. Deb died the way she lived. She was committed to environmental causes, political advocacy and a long held belief that an individual could - and should - make a difference. Donations can be made in her memory to the Native Plant Society of New Mexico or the New Mexico Master Gardener's Scholarship Fund. Burial services will be private. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032

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I had the great privilege of working with Deb on research to help infants and children in a severely underserved community in the Bronx, NYC. With her support we were able t bring dental care to more than 6,000 children that never would have seen a dentist. In all honesty her concern and expertise in implementation science helped prevent dental caries and pain and suffering from untreated problems to the most needy. We collaborated on women and children’s health care and understanding the role of diet and nutrition. She brought her scientific expertise and patience to diverse communities. I thank you Dear Deb and your love of nature and the environment helped many people.
Julie Kazimiroff
February 3, 2021
I grew up with Deb. We attended the same schools and classes through early high school at Hawthorne High School. She was always at the forefront of anything and the most popular girl. I will always cherish her memory and the years we were close.
David McCormick
June 17, 2020
At last year's Native Plant Society of NM annual meeting in Santa Fe, I spoke about what a difference Deb made to our organization, how caring she was, and how much she would be missed. She was such an efficient and organized administrative coordinator and always had great ideas to add to discussions. I liked her sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with her when we gave her a ride to the previous year's NPSNM meeting in Silver City, but I was also saddened to see how tired she was and at that time she did not know why she was having vertigo (which was why we offered to give her a ride).
Anyway, I miss you Deb.
Pamela McBride
June 12, 2020
I have been out of touch for a couple of years and only really knew Deb from doing electrical work at her home, but I always looked forward to working for her because we had very lively and interesting conversations about just about everything. I will miss her.
Peter Chang
July 5, 2019
I am so glad Deb's and my paths crossed. She was a good neighbor to my parents and an enthusiastic member of New Mexico Press Women. I send my condolences to her family and her many friends.
Julie Campbell
July 4, 2019
Even though I had only known Deb for about a year, it was a great privilege. I loved her fighting spirit and her bright smile. I miss her and am praying for those she left behind.
Laura Graham
July 3, 2019
My sympathy and love to her family and friends. I and the Northern chapter of NMPW really miss our dear friend.
Deb Farson gave extensive time and energy to the Northern New Mexico chapter of New Mexico Press Women. She not only served as the chapter's treasurer for seven years, but she also was active on the chapter's steering committee. She led the committee that presented the Media Literacy in a Fake News World workshop at the Southside Library in September 2017 and organized much of the New Mexico Press Women's state conference in April 2018. As an officer, she worked to expand the chapter's membership while advocating for tackling important issues of our times.
We miss her energy, wit and friendship.
I particularly valued our friendship and her dedication to the causes she believed in.
June 23, 2019
I wish to extend my condolences to the surviving members of Deb's family. I knew Deb as the Admin. Assistant for the Native Plant Society of NM. She made a difference in that role as well as her role as an activist and plant lover.
Jim McGrath
June 20, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Deb's passing. Indeed, as her obituary says, she was such an asset to the Native Plant Society of NM and had a deep and abiding connection with plants. My heart is heavy.
June 20, 2019
I like to express my condolences to Deborah family for your loss.It takes time for grieving but find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those calling on him during this sad and difficult time (Psalms 145:18)
June 20, 2019
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