Obituary published Jan. 15, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Dr. Edith Johnson Farrar, 79, of Mexico passed away Tuesday January 9, 2012 in Mexico, MO.
A Memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Friday at the St. Paul CME Church in Mexico.
There will be no visitation.
Dr. Edith Johnson Farrar (Punkin) was born October 31, 1933 to Hessie Shouard and Audrey Payden Johnson in Durham, North Carolina. She was an only child. Dr. Edith Farrar was married to the late Rev. Dr. Joe Louis Farrar for over 50 years. To this union, four children were born.
Dr. Farrar (Punkin), mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, counselor, and friend, loved the Lord. She professed her love for the Lord at an early age. She loved people unconditionally. Mother never met a stranger. She always had words of encouragement for anyone she met. Her smile would warm your heart and brighten a room.
Dr. Farrar (Dr. Baby) had over 50 years experience as a choral director in schools at the elementary and secondary levels, including 30 years as Church Minister of Music. She was a creative teacher with the ability to motivate students in appreciation of and participation in all phases of music. She was a member of St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Mexico, Missouri and was the Director of the St. Paul Male Chorus, Sunday School Teacher, Missionary President, member of the Annual Conference Prayer Committee and numerous other committees. Dr. Farrar directed numerous choirs, composed and arranged songs, organized usher boards, gave private instructions in voice, organized and presented a repertoire of Black Heritage music. She never gave up on anyone or anything.
She loved the song: "If I Can Help Somebody"
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they're travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Dr. Farrar received her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Sacred Music, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Medical Technology. She has numerous certificates in Advanced Nursing, Child Development, Geriatric Nursing, Data Processing and numerous other areas.
Dr. Edith Farrar was a member of the CME Ministers' Spouses, Widows and Widowers' Department. She wrote a song that would serve as a theme song for this department. She had been a minister's spouse for over 50 years and had been a minister's widow for nearly seven years. Under the new administration of President Linda Whitlock, 3rd Episcopal District, a CD with words and instrumentation was presented to the Bishops' spouses and the Executive Board of the Connectional Ministers' Spouses' Department, at the connectional meeting that was held during the 24th Convocation in Louisville, KY. Each Executive Board member, who is also the representative for their Episcopal districts, was responsible for sharing the CD with their Region presidents who in turn, shared it with the district presidents within their regions.
We thank God for Dr. Farrar's gift to this department. (Christian Index)
Ministers' Spouses' Theme Song
(Adopted September 2009)
Words: Mrs. Edith J. Farrar, PhD,
3rd Episcopal District
Tune: Mrs. Debora C. Gant, 1st Episcopal District
1. We are Ministers' Spouses of the CME Church
We are striving to do our best.
With God on our side, we shall run this race,
To enter the Golden Gate.
2. We are Ministers' Spouses of the CME Church
We long to make Heaven our home.
Through many hard trials, we must overcome,
With Jesus our Lord by our side.
3. We are Minister's Spouses of the CME Church
With the love of God in our hearts.
We work so patiently day after day,
With spouses whom God has supplied.
The CME Church, the CME Church
May God ever be by our side.
The CME Church, the CME Church
May God ever be by our side.
Dr. Edith Farrar is survived by her children; Delevere Farrar (Jean) of North Carolina, Dr. Rilandra Farrar-Batise of North Carolina, Rev. Dr. Rinalda Farrar of Mexico, and ReJina Farrar of Colorado; grandchildren, Tamala, Eutherus, Venae, Monique`, Delevere (Dedee), and Joel; great-grandchildren, Kianna, Jeremiah, Victoria, Brandon, Jr., Malayiah, Milegiah, Mylandra, Pharaoh; a sister-in-law, Ludae Cameron of North Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Cards and condolences should be sent to: The Farrar Family, 1004 South Olive Street, Mexico, MO 65265
Memorial donations should be sent to St. Paul C.M.E. Church in care of Arnold Funeral Home 425 S. Jefferson Mexico, MO 65265.
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