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Irma L. Farnham, 94, a lifelong resident of Moretown, passed away in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Born in Montpelier on June 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Gladys (Chapin) Foster. On September 16, 1942, she married Daniel O. Farnham Sr. in Perkinsville. Daniel predeceased Irma on May 26, 1988.
Irma was a 1937 graduate of Waterbury High School and continued her education at the Castleton Normal School, graduating with her teaching certificate in 1940. An elementary school educator for several years in the towns of Middlesex, Fayston and Moretown, Irma went on to work for the state of Vermont in the Department of Employment and Training in Montpelier. She retired July 1, 1996, following 36 years of service.
Irma was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed watching NASCAR, particularly her favorite driver Jeff Gordon, and spending time near the water, whether it be by the river, lake or ocean. Her family fondly remembers her for her devotion to her large and loving family, her love of music, cashews, Mr. Goodbars and Jack and Jill sundaes from the Dairy Creme in Montpelier. Irma was always up for a cookout on the deck, a good crossword puzzle and could always be found enjoying her favorite holiday, the Fourth of July, which she had the pleasure this year of attending two parades surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Irma is survived by her children, Daniel Farnham Jr. of Moretown, Linda Hendrickson and her husband Art of Moretown and Laurie Spaulding and her husband Donald of Waitsfield; her grandchildren, Michael Farnham and his companion Norma Bowman, Todd Farnham, Arthur Hendrickson and his wife Dawn, Michelle Farnham-LaPerle and her husband Henry, Jonathan Spaulding and his wife Jodi, Kirsten Hendrickson Evans and her husband Jason, William Farnham and his companion Jackie McCarty and Danielle Spaulding; her great-grandchildren, Nicole, Kyle, Jessica, Anthony, Winter, Makayla, Briana, Sophia, Corey, Maxwell, Calvin, Andy and Connor; a great-great-granddaughter, Lexi; her brother, Donald Foster and his wife Shirley of Waterbury Center; two nieces, Kristal Foster, Kathleen Foster and her husband Robert Roberts and their son Chapin Roberts, as well as her granddaughter-in-law, Sondra Carden Farnham. Irma was predeceased by her son, Douglas Farnham, on January 14, 1988, a brother, Maurice Foster, and a sister, Mavis Foster, as well as her special friend, William J. Jamieson.
Funeral services will be held from the Moretown United Methodist Church on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Moretown. There are no calling hours. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Moretown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 516, Moretown, VT 05660 or the Mad River Valley Community Fund, P.O. Box 353, Waitsfield, VT 05673 (www.mrvcommunityfund.org). Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.