Gina Farrar: Cherished Remembrances Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. During her 74 years on earth, Gina Farrar was such a force for good that those who knew her best often experienced moments that took their breath away. From her husband, Jim Timberlake, to extended family members and friends too numerous to count, her presence had a profound, enduring impact on their lives. Gina lost her battle with ALS on December 30, and while those who attended her funeral early last month deeply mourned her loss, they gathered from near and far to celebrate the magnificent life she led. The memories shared by a few were poignant, humbling, funny, and at times surprising—like Gina herself. Stepping up to help the Town, however, didn’t impede her love for nature and country living. Gina was also a founding member of the Piedmont Environmental Council and a member of the Warrenton Garden Club, and her actions always backed up her beliefs. For 32 years, Gina hosted a nature camp at Chapultepec Farm, where she and Jim lived for decades. Held for two weeks each summer, the camp provided about two dozen children with a broad variety of interactive experiences to bring them closer to the natural wonders around them. Set on the farm’s 132 acres, which includes, woods, fields, streams, ponds, and a halfmile piece of the Rappahannock River, it was an idyllic backdrop that enraptured youth, many of whom went on to studies and careers related to protecting and preserving the environment. Community Bulletin Board A Public Service Feature from Discovery Publications The Supper club: For Seniors 55+; Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6pm. $5 gets you your choice of entrée with 2 sides or a fajita or stir-fry from the Mongolian Grill, a sandwich or wrap, or an entréesized salad from the salad bar. Beverage is included. At the Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Sponsored by the Auxiliary & Middleburg bank. bucklAnd MArkeT winTer FAre: Soups & Stews; winter hours: Thursday-Monday 9am-6pm (Sunday closes at 5pm). Soup mixes, meat seasonings, chicken & beef stew meat. Also bread or garlic biscuits from the Bake Shop. Buckland Barm Market, 4484 Lee Highway, Warrenton. 540-341-4739. FAMilieS overcoMing drug AddicTion (F.o.d.A.): Support group; First & Third Thursdays, 6:30pm. Contact Caroline Folker. 540-316-9221 or email Chestnut Room. Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton 540-316-3588 or AMericAn red croSS blood drive: Monday, February 12, 10am4pm. Sycamore Room. Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton 540-316-3588 or Singing vAlenTineS: blue ridge barbershop Quartet; wednesday, February 14. For $60 a quartet will visit business, home, restaurant, school or church, includes 3 Love Songs, a Valentine Scroll, Sweet Treat & Silk Rose. Telephone Valentines for $30. Call Worth 703-9679429 or Ralph 540-788-4966. AlzheiMer’S & deMenTiA-relATed illneSSeS: Support group; every 4th wednesday, 4-5:30pm. Hosted at the Villa at Suffield Meadows, 6735 Suffield Ln., Warrenton. 540-316-3800. heAlTh & wellneSS FAir: vint hill village green; Saturday, February 17, 9am-12noon. Health screenings, health & wellness demonstrations, giveaways & events for children, free admission. Vint Hill Village Green Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. 540-422-8892. 8Th AnnuAl chocolATe exTrAvAgAnzA: The hope brigade; Saturday, February 10, 12noon-3pm. Delicious chocolate creations & desserts, silent auction, Chef Mike Herbert’s fondue techniques. 6 Tastings for $10. Proceeds to American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St., Warrenton. 540-270-5827, 540-8412541. 540-349-8060 One of her oldest friends, Drew Austin King, described how Gina moved from New Orleans to California to help her through the birth of her first child while her husband Jim penned several poems dedicated to his wife was serving in Vietnam. Another friend, Bill Candler, during her last months. This one, entitled “As Time shared that he learned well after the fact that Gina had Passes,” was Gina’s favorite: spent a lot of time with his mother when she was lonely after her husband died and her sons were away at As the time passes, in one’s life school. While these memories highlighting her strength As we look across the fields, in the late of spirit kindled the intensity of losing her, descriptions summer light of Gina on a white Harley Davidson motorcycle and her As the bugs take flight in the late day, and expertise as a “chicken lady” drew unbridled laughter. the barn swallows feed for the night There were recurring themes in the words of those who spoke about Gina: her kindness and unbiased friendship, her sense of humor and ready laugh, her enthusiasm for everything and everyone, her enthusiastic embrace of life to take risks and seize opportunities, and even her depth of courage and ability to maintain a positive attitude. The people who knew Gina weren’t the only ones blessed by her presence. The Town of Warrenton and the exquisite Fauquier countryside were benefactors as well. Gina spent some of her earliest years on Winchester Street in Warrenton, and she went on to be its biggest advocate and cheerleader. From serving as one of the founders of the Partnership for Warrenton (the predecessor of Experience Old Town Warrenton) and the Warrenton Planning Commission to owning two small businesses, she was devoted to ensuring the vibrancy of her beloved town. 8 Discover Fauquier ■ February 2018 One’s life is short here on earth. My life with Gina is a short time now, As we are swept away from this earth like the bugs of night As the firefly lights the night, so has Gina lit my life The last glow of the night will be here soon Gina’s last breath will come too soon We go to a better place In Gina’s final weeks, despite the relentless physical impacts of ALS, her spirit remained intact. A friend who visited on one of her last days recalled Gina looking him in the eye, smiling, and saying, “I am so lucky.” Everyone who knew Gina feels exactly the same way. ~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire To advertise: