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Obituary: Elaine Willardson Farrar

Elaine Willardson Farrar

Elaine Willardson Farrar

In loving memory of Elaine W. Farrar, who passed away at the age of 92 in Gilbert, Arizona. She was a daughter, mother, grandmother, teacher, painter, sculptor, artist, author and friend.

Elaine was raised in Southern California where she attended Glendale High School, then the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1957 with five children and where she later received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from Arizona State University. In 1968, she and her children moved to Prescott, Arizona, where she was a member of the founding faculty at Yavapai College and retired many years later having been a beloved instructor, Art Department Chair, and an avid supporter of the Yavapai Art Club as well as Prescott Fine Arts. After retirement she continued on as Graduate Mentor at Prescott College for several years. She inspired so many through her teaching, her artwork, her strengths and even her difficulties and challenges in life.

Elaine is preceded in death by her son, Stephen G; and her daughter, Jan Leslie. Her surviving family members include her sons, Mark E., Gregory R. and Montgomery K. (Denise); daughter, Susan D. (Eric); nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and numerous friends and loved ones.

In accordance with Elaine’s wishes there was a family graveside service at Greenwood Memory Lawn in Phoenix. In honor of Elaine’s dedication to teaching and the encouragement of her students for the past 50 years, a scholarship benefitting art students will be set up in her name.

For more information and to make a memorial donation please contact Edie Dillon at (

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