Baker City, Oregon
Mable Ann Farrar, 90, of Baker City died Sept. 21, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.
Her service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be reception in her honor afterward. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. The 23rd Psalm will be read there.
Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mable Farrar was born on April 22, 1916, at Boulder Flat to Louanna and George P. Roop. After her primary education in the Halfway area, Mable went to work at a boarding house at the Cornucopia Gold Mine where she met her future husband, Bert Farrar.
They were married in October 1939 at Weiser, Idaho. They had one son, Bert L.J. Farrar, born in 1946 at Kellogg, Idaho, where Bert Sr. worked at the famous Sunshine Silver Mine.
While Bert fought in the Pacific during World War II, Mable joined countless other women working in the wartime industries. She also worked as a waitress at Vancouver, Wash. After the war ended, she was a homemaker for the family while Bert worked on several large construction projects and in the mining industry.
By the time the Korean War broke out, the family was established in Baker (now Baker City). Mable was the construction manager for several homes that she and Bert built on the west side of Baker. She continued to work at several tasks until she was in her 70s.
Mable will always be remembered for her love of life and for her stories of growing up during the Depression and war years. Her family said all who knew her felt enriched by the moral code she lived by and for her famous saying, “You have to take the bitter with the sweet.” She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include her son, Bert L.J. Farrar; and two sisters, Sadie Davidson and Ada Stoor.
Mable was an avid gardener; the family suggests flowers as a fitting remembrance.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 26, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor