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Maxine Farrar

April 30, 1921 — December 6, 2023

Kansas City


It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the sad loss of our mom, grandma and aunt, Georgia Maxine (Max) Mackie Farrar at sunset on December 6, 2023.

There are people in this world who bring joy to all who know them. Max was one of those very special women. Her positive outlook and happiness with each day was a dominate characteristic. Strangers became instant friends, drawn to her for her interest in hearing their life stories. The Mary Englebreit poster of the little red headed girl with hands on her hips saying, "No Whining" was the epitome of Max. (family's favorite example of Max's life.) She was born in Keytesville, Missouri on April 30, 1921, to Georgia Mabel Harlan and William Oren (W.O.) Mackie. She cherished her role as older sister  to her only sibling, Dr. William (Bill) Eugene Mackie, who along with their parents, and her husband, Bob, preceded her in death.  She graduated from NE Missouri State Teachers College (Truman), transferring after 1 yr from Christian College in Columbia, MO. After serving as a Red Cross Recreation Director to wounded solders in Chickasha, OK, she was hired to teach high school home economics in Braymer, MO, by school board member and future father in law, D.I. Farrar, in 1945.   She refused several date offers with husband,  Robert King Farrar,  when he was on leave from WW2 Naval training as she felt he was too cocky. Friends intervened and they were married in a snowstorm January 5, 1947, in Kirksville, MO, a union that lasted 53 years until his death in 1999. After marriage, she retired from teaching to raise her 2 children, Susan von Gremp (Jim)and William David (Bill) Farrar. The Farrar family enjoyed taking part in Braymer's small-town life. They attended pancake breakfasts, church, homecoming parades, football and basketball games and the children played in the yard on summer evenings after dark, a true Ozzie and Harriet existence. P.E.O., a philanthropic women’s organization, was dear to her heart. She organized the Missouri State PEO convention in 1964 serving the next 6 years on its MO State Board with 1 year as state president. Grandchildren are Megan von Gremp Morgan (Monty), Alan von Gremp (Julie), Adrienne Farrar, and Sophie Felarca-Farrar. Great grandchildren are Madeline and Mary Katherine Morgan, Will and Finn von Gremp, and Ayden Laray Hines. She may be gone but her influence, love, and example will live on in our hearts as Marvelous Max stories are told at every family gathering. She was the best!
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