Virginia Grist Farr

Virginia Farr, of Mountain View Retirement Community in Ashland, passed away peacefully May 1, 2013 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 10 years, retiring in 1990. Virginia spent many weekends and vacations in Sonoma, Calif. on the Westerbeke Family Ranch. 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.

Virginia was born July 25, 1921 to Franklin and Gladys Grist of Minneapolis, Minn. Most of her childhood was spent in Appleton, Wis. with three younger siblings. She graduated with a design degree from Northwestern University in 1944, and married Bill Farr, a Navy Lieutenant with whom she ran a record and music store. They raised two girls in Wisconsin, and later Connecticut and New York City with summers on the Maine coast.

She will be missed by daughters, Linda Farr Darling, of Vancouver, BC, Canada and Sara Farr, of Chicago, Ill.; her sons-in-law, Murray Ross and Lin Brehmer; her beloved grandson, Wilson Brehmer; as well as her sister, Louise; her brother, Jim and his wife, Mary; her sister-in-law, Judy; and 10 nieces and nephews (several, like Julie, who were as close as her children) and their families, along with many friends who brought joy and love into her beautiful life.

Friends will gather in remembrance with music at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Mountain View Retirement. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends who would like to remember Virginia send donations to the charity of their choice.

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