Lila Mae Farr, 81, long time business women, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Monday (April 16, 2012) at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
Born July 5, 1930 in Perryton, Texas, Lila was the daughter of Lee and Opal Rena (Hills) Steele. On June 14, 1947 in Memphis, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Everett Lee Farr.
Lila is survived by her loving husband, Everett of sixty-four years; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Frazee of Kirksville, MO; one granddaughter, Jodi Lynn Frazee of Longmont, CO; two sisters, Anna Waldron of Belle Vista, AR and Willa Funk and husband, Don of Scotsdale, AZ, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. She is also survived by a host of friends and her very special cat and companion, Friskie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Harvey Sefrit and a brother-in-law, Kay Waldron.
Lila lived most of her life in Adair County, where she attended Benton School, graduated from Kirksville High School with the Class of 1947 and went on to receive her accreditation in Accounting and Taxation, plus being an Enrolled Agent before IRS. Lila took COE in High School and at the age of sixteen was head bookkeeper at McLellan’s dimestore, working afternoons her Junior and Senior years.
In 1952 Lila started working for her brother-in-law, Cecil Darr in his accounting and tax office. She started her own accounting business in 1966, at 109 S. Elson until relocating her business after a fire on June 30, 1988, to 316 N. Elson, where she worked until the time of her death.
Her hobbies included fishing with her husband, canning, spending time at their cabin and she was an avid Cardinal baseball fan. Lila enjoyed traveling, mainly West, and, most recently to Colorado to visit her granddaughter, Jodi, who was the pride and joy of her life. She loved reading and writing poetry, having one poem, “Why Me Lord” published. She had a great love of animals, especially her cats, Webster and Friskie.
Lila will be sadly missed, but her memory and her love will live forever in the hearts of her loved ones and the many lives she touched.
Lila was active in PTA, being President at Benton School and the City President for two years, was a Brownie Leader, co-chair of Mother’s March of Dimes, was a fifty year plus member of Kirksville Chapter 184, Order of the Eastern Star, Charter member of the Women of the Moose, El Kadir Shrine Jewel, and member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a Charter member of Quota, past president, past District secretary and she had been Community Service chair for several years, pet project the Care Bears, and Historian forever. Lila was also honored as Quotarian of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Public visitation will be held Wednesday (April 18, 2012) with family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.
Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday (April 19, 2012) at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with Pastor Richard Northcutt presiding. Music selections “One Day At A Time” and “In The Garden” will be provided by Rhonda Vincent. Interment will follow the service at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville.
Pallbearers will be Ronald K. Weber, Craig Shorten, Stephen Taylor, Steve Howerton, Danny Coin, and Paul Fowler. Honorary bearers will be Dr. James D. Smith, Greg Guffey, John Malloy, Ed Coin, Bobby Summers, Howard Hickman, Bud Keim, Donnie Waybill, and Bob Lambert.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Lila Farr may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or to Quota International of Kirksville (C% Quota Care Bears). Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.