Maxine C. (Blubaugh) FarrisNov 20, 2012 Staff
Maxine C. (Blubaugh) Farris, longtime Lander resident, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at her son's home in West Linn, Ore. She was 92 years old.
Memorial services are pending.
Maxine Carol Blubaugh was born June 23, 1920, on the family farm near Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of Cletus and Pearl Blubaugh.
She graduated from Tonkawa High School, attended Northern Oklahoma College and earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in commerce from Oklahoma State University in 1941. She later worked for Continental Oil Company in Ponca City, Okla., as an administrative assistant.
On July 4, 1942, she married Neil Farris in a ceremony at the Blubaugh home. Following his service in World War II, Mr. Farris began a career as a soils scientist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the family was posted to a number of Native American reservations throughout the West, including the Wind River Agency.
The family initially lived in Ethete before moving to Lander in 1959. Mrs. Farris lived in Lander from 1959 to 2000. Each of her four children graduated from Lander Valley High School.
The Farris family lived in Amman, Jordan, from 1955 to 1956 where Mr. Farris taught Jordanians modern farming techniques. Mrs. Farris described the experience as intensely moving, and she later enjoyed presenting a slideshow to church audiences and others, documenting her experiences in the Middle East.
Back in the United States, Mrs. Farris was active in the First Baptist Church of Lander, teaching Sunday school and singing in the church choir. She was also an avid gardener, a talented seamstress, a regular election worker, a dedicated volunteer with the March of Dimes and a part-time employee with the Fremont County library.
In 2000, Mrs. Farris and her husband moved from Lander to West Linn, Ore., to be near their children.
She is survived by her four children, Thomas Farris of Fort Worth, Texas, Clyde Farris, of West Linn, Ore., Jan Farris Mallery of West Linn, Ore., and Scott Farris of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 2007, and all seven of her siblings.