Farris, Anna Beatrice Brown

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Anna Beatrice Brown Farris, 91, of Radford, Va., died on Monday, December 15, 2008. She was born in Lynchburg, Va., on August 3, 1917, the daughter of Mary Ellen Guill Brown and Mose Brown. Beatrice was a long-time resident of Columbus, Ohio, and a Charter Member of the National Association of Social Workers. She held a bachelors degree in social administration from Ohio State University, and served as a Social Worker for the Franklin County (Ohio) Welfare Department, and the Ohio Department of Public Welfare and Child Welfare until her retirement in 1973. After her husband, Colonel (Ret.) George Catron Farris, died in 1981, she moved to Radford, Va., to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Farris Lawson and Noel Lawson. Mrs. Farris was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a member of Chapter H, P.E.O. Sisterhood. Mrs. Farris is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Lee Farris Lawson and Dr. Noel G. Lawson, of Radford, Va. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Ronald H. and Marion Brown, of Gulfport, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Nell Bowman Farris, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Beth Brown Stranahan and Sharon Farris Jones; nephews, Brian Brown, Robert Charles Brown, Jay Farris, and Ronald Brown Jr.; extended family, Noelene Lawson Shoemaker and her husband, James Shoemaker, of Kernersville, N.C., and their daughters, Madeline and Anna, Lynne Dene Lawson Griffey and her husband, Thomas Griffey, of Vero Beach, Fla., and their children, Melissa O’Neill and Kevin Griffey, of Colorado, and Crystal Brown Fariss. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2008, at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Rose officiating. Her ashes will be interred with those of her husband at Arlington National Cemetery ? to be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Grace Episcopal Church. The Farris family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory, Radford, Va. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com