Margaret Ann "Marge" Farnham

April 7, 1926 ~ September 22, 2018 (age 92)

Margaret Ann “Marge” Farnham, 92, died September 22, 2018, at home surrounded by family. A native of Toledo, Ohio, she was born April 7, 1926, to Margaret Theresa (Rich) and Walter Bowers. She graduated from Whitney Vocational High School with a concentration in “foods” and went to work as a billing clerk for Buddies Box Lunch. After her marriage to Valden F. Farnhamin 1947, she stayed home to raise their five children. Marge cherished her family and friends, hosting parties and family gatherings and sharing her love for food and entertaining with all who gathered in her home. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Toledo, where she sang in the choir, served as president of the women’s group, and cooked many meals. With most of her children raised in the early 1970s, she returned to work part time as a switchboard operator and in the print shop at the Toledo Museum of Art. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She belonged to several bridge groups and bowled for many yearswith the DeVeaux Mother’s and St. Paul’s Couple’s leagues. She traveled extensively with her husband, family, and friends and particularly enjoyed the years spent at their winter home in Hudson, Florida.Marge will be remembered for her lively spirit, her joy in doing for others, and the overwhelming love she had for her family. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Valden; children, Gary (Nancy) of New York City; Valerie (Tom) Wilkinson of Westerville; Bruce (Dianna) of Weld, Maine; Mark (Lisa) of Charleston, S.C., and Margie (Maureen) of Columbus; grandchildren, Brian (Shae) Wilkinson; Scott (Alicia) Wilkinson; Nathan (Julie) Wilkinson; Ariela Farnham; Travis (Hana) Farnham, Jenna Farnham, Narda (Wes) Hanson, Amy (Rob) Miller, and Richard Huntley, and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia MacKay. Visitation will take place on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. and a reception lunch at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1555 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227. Memorial donations may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Mount Carmel Hospice 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 

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