Norma Farrar, 91, leader of Women's Civic League

July 09, 2002

Norma G. Farrar, a former Women's Civic League president and hospital volunteer, died Friday of heart disease at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 91.

She moved to Charlestown in 1993 and had lived in the Forest Park and Howard Park sections of Northwest Baltimore.

Born Norma Theodora Gourley in Glens Falls, N.Y., she earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She later studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In the 1960s, when she was president of the Women's Civic League, she presided over the opening ceremonies of the annual Flower Mart held in Mount Vernon Place. She presented the Clean City Awards to members of the city's sanitation and street sweeping staff.

She also volunteered at Maryland General Hospital and for Meals on Wheels, and was a PTA officer at Liberty Elementary, Robert E. Lee Elementary and Garrison Junior High schools.

Her hobbies included playing bridge and traveling. She visited more than 100 countries.

Her husband of 35 years, Robert C. Farrar Sr., a salesman for a tire products manufacturer, died in 1970.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 713 Maiden Choice Lane.

She is survived by a son, Robert C. Farrar Jr. of Ellicott City; a daughter, Norma Good of Bay City, Mich.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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