BC: The End
FC: hey | Virginia Ruth Farr
2: To Virginia Farr, you have taught me so much and you are the best Grandma I could ask for. Love your Granddaughter Hannah
4: Virginia Ruth Farr
5: True loves for ever
6: All things grow better with love.
8: Being a grandma
9: 4 Generations
10: j | As for me and my household we will serve the Lord... | Beautiful
11: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 | Love | "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord." Colossians 3:20
12: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
13: May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice! Proverbs 23:25
14: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
15: Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24
16: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25
18: "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2
20: Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
21: 80th Birthday
22: Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24
24: Early Life
26: In Chicago Illinois Virginia Ruth Crane was born to Helen and Les Crane on the on February 4th 1928. She was the first born and cherished by her loving parents. Her mother was a stay at home mom who did everything she could to provide the best for her daughter. Les was a mechanic at a local shop; this was the time when the Mafia was big and raging around Chicago. Al Capone would make frequent trips to Les's show to get his car fixed or just a tune up or even just to drop by and say hello. 18 months after Virginia's birth her and her parents moved to Olympia Washington. Until the age of five Virginia was an only child. Getting all of her parents attention yet missing having a constant play mate or buddy to be with. So in 1933 Chuck Farr was born. “Dan was so much fun, I love playing with him and watching him grows.” Although she started kindergarten at Washington Elementary located in the state capital of Olympia, she still found time to play with Dan and get the most out of life and fun she could. Since the city of Olympia was very well populated and filled with many school aged children Virginia had to move schools often.
27: Attending Roosevelt School from 1st-6th grade Virginia excelled in reading and writing. Learning her arithmetic and learning right from wrong. “I remember my first teacher, her name was Mrs. Hoppie. Mrs. Hoppie was very nice and I can still remember her smile and how she would help me and my classmates however she could.” At the age of 11 Virginia was blessed with another brother named Dan Farr in 1940. “Dan was a ball of energy and always tried to keep up with his older brother and sister” stated Virginia.
28: “Growing up me, Dan, and Chuck would play all sorts of games. One day I remember playing hide-and- go- seek in the yard. It was my turn to count and I knew my brothers were good at hiding, but I had gotten to know their hiding spots since we played this game hours and hours a week when it was decent weather outside. So it was during the summer and very warm out. I was almost finished counting when I heard a large crash. But I thought nothing of it and continued to count. When I reached 200 or whatever the length of time we would count for. I said the usual “ready or not here I come” routine. I stood there a bit to listen to see if I could hear my brothers rustling to a better hiding spot or whatever the case would be. I heard nothing. “Man they must be good at hiding” I thought to myself. But I continued around the area looking around to see where they were hiding. I came across the front door which was wide open. The rules of the game were you have to stay inside. So this made me very curious, but decided to continue looking and ignoring the door.
29: A lot of time had passed as I was looking in the barn and under wheel barrels hoping to catch a glimpse of my brothers to end the game. But nothing. Deciding to go look in the house to see if by chance they had gone in there, and indeed they had. Walking down the hallway to where I heard the ruckus of my mother father and little brothers. I saw Dan sitting on the counter with blood streaming down his face as quickly as tears were going down Chucks face. Turns out what had happened was Dan took Chucks hiding spot so in anger Chuck through a rock at him and split his head open right above his left eye brow. “
30: Later on Virginia attended Washington Junior High in Olympia Washington. Going there for 7th and 8th grade Virginia learned a lot and was always with friends. “Most my days were spent at the movies with friends or out and about the town seeing what there was to see and enjoying the laughter and memories we all shared.” She said. “Junior high was full of laughs, tears, broken hearts, stabbed backs, and joy. Everything moved so fast yet so slow.” Heading towards adult hood high school came. Virginia was enrolled in Olympia High school in Olympia. “My high school was across the street from the Capital building. So at lunch or other breaks during the school day me and my friends all gathered together and would sneak into the Capital building. We would ride the elevators up and down days on end. Every break we could we would go over and ride them. Luckily neither my parents nor the school had caught on. They wouldn't of liked how we spent our free time or about us sneaking into anywhere.”
31: Coincidently attending Olympia high school was a young man named Frank Henry Farr. Virginia had seen him around but never had the chance or opportunity to talk with him or get to know him until her junior year of high school. Their paths crossed one day and they were interpretable ever since. Frank was a Senior at the time and was ready to go to the Military. “I missed him when he shipped off, always wondering how he was or when the next letter would come. I would get letters often from him. They were very special and made it seem we weren't so far apart.” She said. When Frank arrived back in the states and into Virginia's arms they soon got engaged and then got married. “We had a short engagement because we knew we loved each other and wanted to move on with our lives.”
32: Middle Life
33: True love lives on
34: Frank and Virginia purchase property in Issaquah Washington where they were hoping to start a family and continue on their dreams of being happy and making the most out of every moment. But things changed in the blink of an eye, just like most everything thing in life. “One day I and frank decided to go for a drive to the Yakima Valley to see the sights and study the area. We both had never spent much time over there but thought it would make for a wonderful excursion. While we were arriving in Yakima we stopped for a snack at this fruit stand. As I was biting into a fresh juicy peach a elderly lady and her husband came in. There was something about this couple that sparked my eye. Going over to talk with them I learned that she was blind and he was very sick. I wanted to do what I could to take care of them. I got their address and phone number after close to an hour of chatting. The couple left the market and carried on with their day. Turning to Frank I said “I want to take care of them.” His first response was letting me go for a weekend to go visit them and help them with whatever needed accomplished. But he could tell I wanted more than that. Frank knew me well enough, he let me explain I loved the area and the couple really needed assistance. Assistance that I could give them and that I wanted to give them. So Frank decided to let me go live with the couple while he sold our property in Issaquah and we moved to Sunnyside Washington.”
35: In 1949 Virginia and Frank were blessed with their first born son Richard Frank Farr, named after friend and best man of the wedding Richard. “Frank and I loved playing with Richard, he was loads of smiles and laughs, we knew God sent us him for a reason, but we also knew God wanted us to have another child to raise and be a Godly man and to bring joy to our lives and for Rich to have a play mate.”
36: David Bryce Farr joined the family in 1952. “Bringing David home from the hospital was full of satisfaction and joy, knowing we made another life that was made in Gods own image.” David and Richard played together and were the typical boys from slingshots to catching bugs to occasionally finding stray animals here or there in their mischief. “Having the boys was great and I love them dearly, but we still felt that we needed more to our family, hoping and praying for a little girl.” In 1955 Ruth Ann was born and brought smiles to everyone. She was a gift from God and smiled with every breath she took. “Ruth was named after my middle name, and her first name was supposed to be Ruth-Ann but the doctors put a space between the Ruth and the Ann so Ann became her middle name instead of first.” She said. Later on in 1957 Ellen Kay Farr was born. “She was the baby of the family and the cute little red head that would always carry a smile on her face.” The 4 of them were always getting along and playing in the yard and being typical kids.
37: “I remember one day me and the kids went to go visit my brother Chuck and his wife Janelle and my grandson Mikal. The five kids decided they all wanted to ride Mikal’s donkey together. So the five kids saddled themselves up on that poor donkey. They rode it around a bit till Ruth decided to kick the ribs of him and he bucked all five kids off. Screams fled through the air and panic rushed through my mind. Luckily no one got badly hurt. Just a few bruises and scratches here and there. My kids loved farm animals and playing on Mikes donkey was something they all truly loved and had fun playing with their cousin.”
39: Virginia started working in a cake decoration store not long after the kids all started school. “This brought hours of fun that I got paid to do, I attended several courses at local places in the community. I even ended up teaching classes at Yakima Valley University. I really enjoyed that and seeing smiling faces always popping through the door and to learn what I had to teach.”
40: Late Life
42: As the kids grew older as did Virginia and Frank, gray hairs filling in and wrinkles started showing their wisdom. The kids were growing up and getting married. Richard met a girl named Connie and they got married in the blink of an eye. David married a gal named Cindy, Ruth married Steve, and Ellen married Michael. “The kids were all growing up and starting to leave the nest, it was sad but then again I could honestly look in each and every one of their faces and think to myself that me and frank raised those kids the best we could and did what we thought needed to be done. I'’m not saying we were perfect parents but we did what we saw best for our family at each time or every time a decision had to be made. “ Virginia and Frank got the privilege of having and help raising eight grandkids. Zeke, Heather, Shawna, Brittany, Ashley, Zack, Hannah, and Ben, these were how Virginia and Frank spent a lot of their time. From teaching the kids to ride bike, hoe potatoes, sew, or other various things, Virginia made sure to keep a smile on their faces no matter what was going on. “Each of the grandkids was a spark of energy but full of love and joy. They were all so unique that it taught me a lot about kids and how to be a good Grandma. Also it was satisfying to see my own kids raising kids.”
43: Grand kids
44: “When Zeke and Heather were younger since they were older than all the rest of the grandkids they were mine, Franks, and Ellen's life. Zeke and Heather were ALWAYS at our house. Zeke went to Disneyland with Ellen and he and Heather went to church with us each and every Sunday growing up. These times I cant ever bring back. But I can replay them in my head for the memories.” “1995 was a year that changed everyone forever” Virginia said. “One day me and Frank went in for a eye check up because we both wore glasses and it's a good idea to get checked up now and then especially when you get older. So it started out like any other eye doctor visit. I went first and nothing seemed to be different. Then it was Franks turn, not expecting anything to change from last appointment a year ago. But that's where we were wrong. They eye doctor said they saw something peculiar in his eyes and the way the blood was and that we need to go to the hospital immediately to get it checked out. Luckily the hospital is pretty close due to the fact Sunnyside is a very small town. So we arrive at the hospital to get tests done.
45: Frank was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is a form of Cancer. This broke all our hearts and was devastating. But we trusted our God that he knew what was best and that he would help handle this situation. After several long months of being sick and struggling to survive Frank passed away in his home with his wife by his side. As sad as it was to say goodbye I remember he is with Jesus right now and he is done suffering.”
46: After Frank left everyone knew something was missing, but everyone had to adjust and keep living life to the fullest. In 2000 Virginia was having trouble seeing things here or there. So she went to the eye doctor to get her vision checked. After several trips to various eye doctors and a struggle for years to figure out what exactly was wrong Virginia was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. This is a eye problem that will eventually make you go completely blind and this can take a matter of months or years. It can quickly or slowly progress but it will never get better. Virginia has lost her license which makes shopping very difficult without a spouse. Her daughter Ruth lives in the area so she takes her to the store when needed and when she is available. Virginia still manages to cook Easter, thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners for over 20 people each and every year. She cooks with her senses not with her eyes. Virginia has been blessed with many great grand children. Colton, Braden, Shelby, Samara, Ava, and Landon. “Watching the grandkids grow up is just a new generation of fun. Watching my own kids being grandparents and my grandkids being parents, this is something every mom dreams of.”
49: God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Genesis 1:28