Nancy Luster Farthing, age 105, passed away on March 6, 2023. Born February 19, 1918, in Springfield, Missouri, she was the daughter of Lewis Luster and Mary Amis Luster. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Nancy was in the first kindergarten class of Greenwood School and graduated from Central High School. She attended Drury College for two years where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She then transferred to Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1940. In 1942 Nancy married Dr. Gene William Farthing, a Springfield physician. They were married for 70 years until his death in 2012.
Nancy, a homemaker, served on the YMCA and Salvation Army boards, was a past president of the Green County Medical Society Auxiliary, and for many years was a member of the Hopewell Club. She was also a member of the Rachel Donelson Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Nancy and Gene were members of Central Christian Church.
Nancy loved spending time with family and pets, travels with Gene, as well as golf, sewing, knitting and needlepoint. She was a lifelong reader and was especially fond of mysteries and American history. In later years Nancy enjoyed serving as a receptionist in her husband’s office.
Nancy will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle spirit and beautiful smile. Her family will greatly miss her.
Nancy’s children wish to thank The Montclair Senior Living community for the happy years our parents enjoyed there.
A most special thank you to the nurses and all staff at The Manor at Elfindale for the compassionate, professional care and kindness for our mother since February of 2018.
Finally, we thank Integrity Hospice nurse, Diana, for her loving care during Mom’s final months.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gene William Farthing, and her sister, Ruth Luster Hulston.
Survivors include her children, Gene William Farthing, Jr. (Carol) of Bangor, Maine; Ruth Krill (Robert) of Springfield, Missouri; and Susan Bear (Stephen) of Chesterfield, Missouri. Nancy leaves behind seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and the 10th expected in July.
Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church or the Salvation Army.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Ozark, Missouri.