Janice Marie (Murray) Farnham
(Murray) Farnham, 77, of Chebacco Terrace, Essex, widow of the late
Joseph N. Farnham Jr., died Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Addison Gilbert
Hospital, Gloucester following her long illness.
Born in Gloucester
June 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Edith (Gray)
Murray. Janice was a 1953 graduate of Gloucester High School, where she
was a member of the Girls Drill Team for all four years. Following
graduation she worked at Addison Gilbert and Salem Hospitals prior to
joining her husband at his family’s business, Farnham's Restaurant in
Essex. Together they owned and operated the restaurant until 1994, the
restaurant's 50th year, when they sold the business due to Mr. Farnham's
failing health. In 1990 she and her husband received the Small Business
Award, and in 1992 they received the Essex Pride Award.
husband's death in 1995, she became employed by Dr. Curtis Ersing at
Beacon Family Medicine in Ipswich, from which she retired in 2007.
reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards with the Sunday Card Group and
the Monday Night Card Group, photography, and dining out with friends.
She was a charter
member and former president of the Friends of the Essex Council on
Aging, a member of the Essex Senior Citizens Club, the Essex Historical
Society and Shipbuilding Museum and served as president of the Chebacco
Terrace Tenant's Assn. She was a longtime member and communicant of St.
John the Baptist Church of Essex.
She is survived by
her step-family, Joyce, wife of John Kippin of Ipswich, five
grandchildren, Robyn, wife of Joseph Lafata of Essex, John Kippin of ME,
Jessica, wife of Mark Pelosi of Gloucester, Joseph and James Farnham of
CA, six great grandchildren, Anthony and Nicholas Lafata of Essex,
CoriLeigh and Samantha Kippin of ME and Harrison and Zachary Pelosi of
Gloucester. She is also survived by her god-daughter, Rachel McInnis of
Beverly and several cousins, including very close cousin Frances, wife
of Nicholas Parisi of Gloucester.
She was predeceased
by a brother, Richard Murray and step-son Joseph “Newt” Farnham III of
Medford, step-daughter Linda Farnham of Gloucester and cousin Robert
Gray of NY.
A Memorial Mass
will be celebrated 10 am Saturday, April 20 at St. John the Baptist
Church in Essex. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St.
John the Baptist Church, 52 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929, VNA Care
Network and Hospice, 8 Angle Street Gloucester, MA 01930, or a charity
of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.