Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Linsy Farris' wife Vivian Passes

By Jerry Gaudet

With great sadness we received the news that Linsy Farris' WIFE, VIVIAN, has passed away. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Linsy as he writes:

..."I'm very sorry to have to let you and others know that my wife, Vivian, passed on June 19. We had an 18 month battle with triple negative breast cancer, a very aggresive form that responded poorly to surgery and chemotherapy. 

She passed rather quickly, about 12 hours, in her second bout of liver failure from the metastases, I'm very fortunate to have a very supporting family and friends. After attending a bereavement meeting last week, I realize just how fortunate I am with a daughter and her family living close by in Tenafly, N.J. and my work at Harlem Hospital as Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, not to speak of my continued active interest in music, playing in jazz combos.

My life at Central High School was such a significant shaping factor in my life with opportunities and scholarships that have shaped my life every since. Mr Paul Neal helping me get scholoarships and Mr Jack Stern providing me the oportunity to develop my musical interests, not to mention the leadership training present in, yes, Cheerleading, all have made me who I am. 

These experiences and my strong Christian faith continue to keep me hopeful for the days ahead and eternity. My life with Vivian for 51 years plus was truly a gift from God. I am sorry to inject this sad note but felt that I needed to let my friends know. I'm attaching Vivian's obituitary and Funeral Service. Incidentally, our grandaughter, Nora Nuse, my daughter Karen's daughter is playing at a Flute Festival in Charlotte on Aug 14th at the Convention Center as part of her teacher's group, epluribus flutum. Wish I could be there to hear her. Perhaps some of you can.

Linsy Farris"

Obituary Published in The Record and Herald News on June 21, 2011

FARRIS Vivian (nee Welk), 76, of Tenafly passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Beloved wife of R. Linsy for 51 years and devoted mother of Karen Neus of Tenafly, Alan Farris of Indian Trail, NC and Andrew Farris of Olney, MD, proud grandmother of Nora, C.J., Jack, Shayna, Phoebe, Owen and Audrey. Also survived by brothers and sisters Lois, John, Charles and Ruth, son-in-law Michael, daughters-in-law Kristin and Stacey, and many nieces and nephews. Vivian was born on June 18, 1935 in Nazareth, PA to the late Lawrence and Anna Welk.

 Vivian was a Registered Dietician and a retired member of the American Diabetic Association. She was a graduate of Alabama College (now University of Montevallo), and completed her internship at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, where she met her husband while he was a medical student. After his internship in Philadelphia, they served their military obligation on Indian reservations in Eagle Butte and Wagner, SD after which they located to Englewood, NJ and later Tenafly where her husband completed his training as an ophthalmologist and became a member of the faculty of Columbia University Medical School. She was his assistant and office manager for more than 30 years.

Vivian was a longtime and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, where she was most recently Clerk of Session. For many years, she was a member of the Englewood Woman's Club and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, where she oversaw the process of awarding college scholarships to young women of Englewood, maintaining connections with these recipients over two decades. Her chief interests were homemaking and gardening, particularly the cultivation of irises. Above all, her family, her faith, and her community were most important.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, June 24, 6-9 PM at the Barrett Funeral Home, 148 Dean Drive, Tenafly, NJ. Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 25 at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, 150 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Farris Family Scholarship Fund by making checks payable to "Englewood Woman's Club of Englewood" c/o Susan Eastham, 84 Lydecker Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 or the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood.

We have the following contact information for Linsy:
Linsy Farris, MD
17 Winthrop Court
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Email linsy@msn.com