Audrey E. (Stern) Farnum

June 13, 2023
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With heavy yet contented hearts our family shares the peaceful passing of Audrey Stern Farnum on June 13, 2023. We celebrate a long life of almost 97 years.

Audrey was born in Medford, MA on September 3, 1926. She was the daughter of Frederick and Edith Stern, West Medford MA. She is survived by her sister Patricia Hendrix and her husband Jim (CA). Audrey is survived by her four children: Meredith L. Farnum (Merry) and her partner Jim Snyder, Silverthorne CO; Peter S. Farnum and his wife Sally Ann, Duxbury MA; Gwendolyn E. Kratz and her husband Daniel, Greenfield MA; and Norman R. Farnum III (Chip) and his wife Louise, Greenfield MA. She is survived by 6 grandchildren: Allison and Derek Hosgood (TX), Jack Farnum (ME), Justin and Jessie Kratz (MA), Seth and Meghan Kratz (MA), Nathaniel Farnum (CO), and Maegan and Erik Heuser (VA). She has 10 great grandchildren: Hope and Page Hosgood (TX); Cole, Ava, Zoe, Lucas, Brady, and Kallie Kratz (MA), and Alex and 1 on the way (VA). She was Aunt to five nieces (CA, ME, CT) and one nephew (OR). She is preceded in death by her former husband, Norman R. Farnum, Jr. having served churches together in Lakeville MA, Walpole NH, Holyoke MA and Greenfield MA.

Audrey graduated with honors from Tufts University celebrating her 75th Reunion this year. She retired as a vocational counselor for the department of Massachusetts Employment and Training, was an ESL instructor at Greenfield Community College (MA) and a historical guide at Old Deerfield (MA) into her 90’s. Audrey was a long standing (58 years) member of the Second Congregational Church, Greenfield MA, involved in the church ministry as a minister’s wife, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, Flower Fund supervisor, Church World Service (One Great Hour of Sharing) and (Centering Prayer) and the United Church Board for World Ministries. She was a SCC honorary tea pourer, too! In her later years, Audrey was fortunate to have a special neighborhood friend in Frank Bush, Greenfield MA. Both in their 90’s they enjoyed ballroom dancing, travel and a great companionship.

She was a champion for world, community and family peace, devoted to her family and church friends, committed to hard work, had a strong faith and volunteered at the BayState Franklin Medical gift shop (60+ years). She loved hosting 4th of July celebrations, gardening, watching her hummingbirds, walking, tennis and swimming. She could be found watching tennis matches and Jeopardy even weeks before her passing.

The family is indebted to KIZ Helping Hands and Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, both from Greenfield MA for their wonderful care and support given to our Mom and her family. Audrey will be laid to rest at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge MA later in June surrounded by her immediate family. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 2:00pm at the Second Congregational Church,16 Court Square, Greenfield MA. A “Tea Party'' Reception will be held immediately following. Arrangements are being coordinated by McCarthy Funeral Homes and Second Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to Second Congregational Church. All are welcome to celebrate Audrey!

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