|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1822|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1896|
Mrs. Melvina M., relict of the late C.C. Farrar of Topsfield, Maine, died in her home in Saratoga on Sunday morning, March 8, 1896, aged 73 years and 7 months.
Mrs. Farrar was born in Robinston, Maine, August 17, 1822, where she lived until some time after her marriage. Her husband died in Maine about 16 years ago and Mrs. Farrar then came west to her children, she became a resident of our valley on the 11th day of August, 1884 nearly 12 years ago. Some 10 years ago a son died in Laramie and a daughter on the ranch, each leaving three young children. Grandma Farrar took charge of the six orphans and has cared for them ever
since, only to be taken away just as they reach an age to appreciate her work and self-denial and would have made her declining years happy and restful. She leaves three sons, Messrs., Otis, Chris and Price Farrar, and four daughters, Mrs. David McCullagh of Laramie, Mrs. Blanche Bailey and Miss Hallie Farrar of this city, and one in Maine. All these children, except the one residing in Maine, were present at the funeral, Messengers were sent to the tie camp and the Seminole mountains after Messrs. Price and Chris, who rode night and day to reach home in time. In addition to her sons and daughters there were at the last services the grandchildren she had raised, viz: Mrs. Jack Johnston of Rawlins, Bret, Edgar, Frank, Mary and George Bailey; her youngest grandchild, Baby Marguerite McCullagh, and her little great-granddaughter, Hazel Johnston. Twelve grandchildren were prevented by distance from attending. Of all the large connection the aged mother has been the head and life, and her sudden death leaves them bereft indeed. Three of the grandchildren have scarcely known any other mother and the blow is doubly heavy upon them.
Mrs. Farrar's life has been one of great activity and she remained ambitious to the end. She had been quite ill for some days but was not considered in a dangerous condition. On Saturday she walked across her room and appeared to be much better. Sunday morning she began to sink rapidly and almost before those about her could realize it, had passed peacefully to the eternal shore. Those who have stood beside the open casket and looked upon grandma's beautiful, calm face, with its expression of perfect rest, cannot but recall the words, "O, death, where is thy sting. O, grave where is thy victory?" So natural, so peaceful, was she in her final sleep that one could scarcely realize that she would never speak again.
Grandma Farrar was known to every resident of this region and universally respected. She was ever kind and charitable, a loving, affectionate mother to her children and grandchildren, and a true and loyal friend, especially to those in trouble. Her work on earth is done, and "after life's fitful fever she sleeps well."
The funeral services were held in the Episcopal church yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and were very largely attended. Rev. Mr. Robinson assisted Rev. Dr. Huntington. The hymns, "Asleep In Jesus," and "O, Paradise," were beautifully sung by a quartette choir, composed of Mrs. Gus Jensen, Miss Roberta Huntington, Messrs. Alfred Heath and E.M. Greene. The floral tributes were many and very handsome. The remains were laid to rest in the Cadwell cemetery.
© Laramie Republican no. 181 March 14, 1896, page 4
Melvina M. Farrar was the widow of Chris Farrar. She came to Saratoga in 1884. The grave is unmarked.
Sarah Brush Farrar Bailey (1848 - 1917)*
Christopher C. Farrar (1853 - 1925)*
Helen Melvina Farrar (1863 - 1905)*
There is no grave marker.
Created by: Judy Cowen-Hodges
Record added: May 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19535524