Beverly Joan Farrar, 81, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 18, holding the hand of her beloved husband, Richard. She is also survived by her daughter Valerie Farrar Totty of Laguna Hills, and her three grandchildren, Shelby, Carson and Brent Totty. Beverly, who liked to be called "Joan," was born on October 12, 1932, in London, Ontario. She grew up in the small town of Hermon, New York, and received her U.S. citizenship as a young girl. Joan was the daughter of Judson R. and Helen Vining, a physician and nurse. She attended Russell Sage College and St. Lawrence University in New York. After living in Vancouver, Joan moved to Beverly Hills, worked at City National Bank, and met her husband of 51 years, Richard Farrar. After first living in Carson, they moved to Rancho Palos Verdes where they have resided for 43 years. Joan enjoyed many activities in the community right up to the end of her almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was active in the parish of St. Francis Episcopal Church, especially with their annual Antique Show. She was also a member of the Aerospace Wives Club, and enjoyed her knitting group and Aerobic Dancing friends. Joan will be remembered by her family and friends for being a kind and courageous woman who never complained and always put others first. A celebration of Joan's life will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 1, at 2 p.m. The address is 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

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  1. Dear Farrar family: Joan was a wonderful person and a very friendly neighbor. She will be greatly missed. Sorry we cannot come to the church service. Richard, we hope to bring over a basket this weekend.

    Meiling & Yu-Fahn

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