Avis E. Farwell


1914 – 2014

FALMOUTH — Avis E. Farwell died peacefully at Legacy Memory Care in Falmouth on Sunday, Dec. 21, at the age of 100.

She was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Troy, the daughter of Fred G. Ward and Ethel Hunt Ward. She grew up on a small dairy farm in Unity with two younger brothers and often took a horse and buggy to school. She graduated from Unity High School and Farmington Normal School, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in home economics.

After teaching for a short time at Unity Plantation, she married her high school sweetheart, William Farwell, in 1936. After two years in Buckfield, they moved to Cumberland, where Bill taught at the Greely Institute. Soon thereafter, they moved to Falmouth, where they raised their three children. After substituting for a few years, Avis began her home economics teaching career at Falmouth Junior High School. She taught for 17 years and retired in 1971.

Avis was a lifelong member of the Falmouth Congregational Church and a member and Past Chief of the Pythian Sisters of Falmouth No. 100. She enjoyed the Saturday night dances at the Knights of Pythias, bowling with friends, playing bridge and car trips.

After retirement, Bill and Avis spent many winters in Florida, and she became a pro in shuffleboard, winning many awards. During these years, they also travelled to Alaska, England, France, Iceland and Germany. Avis’s interests included knitting, sewing, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, gardening and spider solitaire. In her last few months at Legacy Memory Care, one could always find her engrossed in her word-find puzzles. One of her favorite sayings was, “Been there, done that!”

Avis was predeceased by her husband, William Farwell, in May 2009 after 72 years of marriage; and by her brothers, Stanley Ward and Ralph Ward.

She is survived by her children, Brian Farwell and wife, Linda, of Phillips, Martha Peterson and husband, John, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Deborah Auclair and husband, Paul, of Cumberland; her grandchildren, Susan Bachand and husband, Craig, of Casco; Jeffrey Farwell of Plymouth, Mich., Erik Peterson and wife, Kerri, of Seattle, Wash., Jennifer Grusz and husband, Bryan, of Sammamish, Wash., Kristen Garvie and husband, Drew, of Fredericksburg, Va., Alison Scheib and husband, Peter, of Camden and Nicole Pryse and husband, Kevin, of North Reading, Mass.; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

Avis and Bill lived in the Oceanview Retirement community for 16 years until his death.

Avis’ family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Falmouth House, where she lived for more than five years, the special caregivers of Caretree, the extraordinary staff at Legacy Memory Care, who became part of her extended family and made her last six months lively and fun, and the kind people of Life Choices Hospice Care.

Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Avis’ and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.