The Meridian Star
Helen Vivian Shaffer Farrior, 94, of Meridian, passed from this life into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Sept. 27, 2013. She was born on Sept. 25, 1919 in Clintonville, Penn. to Samuel and Margaret Shaffer.
At Clintonville High School, she was the valedictorian of her senior class of 1937. She graduated from the nursing program at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and became a registered nurse. She continued her training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
In the decade that followed, Helen and her growing family lived in Vicksburg, Jackson, Philadelphia, and Union, Miss.; Cottonwood, Ariz.; and York, Ala. In 1962, the family settled in Meridian where Helen was employed by Riley Hospital until 1976. In subsequent years, she continued her career in anesthesia by working in hospitals in Bay Springs, Newton, Union and other communities.
Helen was the loving wife of James W. Farrior for over sixty years until his death in 2003. She was also a loving mother who excelled at balancing the demands of both her family life and her career.
Helen’s life was guided by her devoted obedience to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After her family moved to Meridian, she taught Sunday School at Arrowwood Baptist Church for many years. Later she became a very active and well-loved member of First Baptist Church, where she also taught adult Sunday School.
Helen was known for her devotion to doing the right thing. People knew her to be always kind, loving, generous, grateful, forgiving, trustworthy and Godly. Her Christian faith and devotion was manifested in all aspects of her life, a life that was dedicated to pleasing God.
Helen considered her life a ministry: To her neighbors - she was there in many ways when needed. Serving the needs of others brought her a great deal of joy and satisfaction. As a CRNA - she ministered and witnessed to thousands of patients over the years, one-on-one, and shared her faith with them. Her legacy will continue for years in the many lives she touched.
Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James W. Farrior, her brother, Carl Shaffer and her sister, Joan Shaffer Shoaff.
She is survived by son, James, and his wife, Teresa; daughter, Rhonda; son, David and his wife, Vicki of Dayton, Ohio; son, Mark of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Tiffany Britt; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Britt and Parker Britt.
Helen Farrior was dearly loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed!
A memorial service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, in Meridian. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to First Baptist Church, Meridian or the Christian charity of one’s choice.