Betty Farquhar, nee Strothmann, 89, of Belleville, Ill., born Feb. 24, 1920, in Belleville, Ill., died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
Betty lived her entire life in the Belleville area. She attended Signal Hill School, Belleville Township High School, and Northwestern University.
After learning that her daughter Jane had been born deaf, Betty worked for two years as a teacher’s assistant at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis so that she could be more effective in teaching Jane. She was also very involved in many civic activities, volunteering with the Family Counseling Service, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, Red Cross, United Fund, Central Institute for the Deaf, and Signal Hill PTA. While serving as president of the Family Counseling Service, she started a used clothing store, known as the Clothes Tree, for that group’s benefit.
Although a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville at the time of her death, Betty was a devoted and active member of Signal Hill Methodist Church in Belleville for more than 50 years and served on many committees during her time at the church.
Betty married her childhood sweetheart, Lloyd Farquhar, on June 14, 1941, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together for more than 67 years. Betty and Lloyd loved to travel and vacationed extensively, both in and out of the country, on trips that were researched and planned by Betty. She was very involved with her children and grandchildren and played a huge role in their developments. Betty loved art, music, reading, knitting, and attending sporting events, particularly those that involved a family member. She will be dearly missed by all of her family.
Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lloyd, who died June 5, 2009, just six weeks before her; and her parents, Henry and Edna, nee Wilson, Strothmann.
Surviving are a daughter, Jane Yemm of Mascoutah, Ill.; a son, Tom (Dede) Farquhar of Belleville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Sherry (Tommy) Martindale, Barb Evans, Tim (Laura) Farquhar, Mack (Becky) Farquhar, and Lissa Farquhar; and five great-grandchildren, Cody Schubert, Katherine Martindale, Caitlin Evans, Taylor Evans, and Leah Farquhar.
The Farquhar family is particularly grateful to the staff at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for the loving care given to both Betty and Lloyd over the last several years.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospital or to First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at First United Presbyterian Church, Route 161 and Royal Heights Road, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, Ill., with the Rev. Greg Stovell officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
/Published in Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat from July 22 to July