Medical missionary Grace Farrar dies at 88 (updated)
Grace Angeline Farrar, a pioneering medical missionary to the West African nation of Nigeria, died Jan. 11 in an automobile accident in Tennessee. She was 88.
A memorial and celebration of her life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, Tenn. Visitation is from noon until the service at the church. Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.
Farrar and her husband, Dr. Henry Farrar, served as medical missionaries in Nigeria. They were the driving force behind Nigerian Christian Hospital, a church-supported medical mission in southeastern Nigeria.
No additional details about the accident were available. We will post updates as we get them.
Grace Farrar was scheduled to be honored as a “Woman of Hope” at the Women of Hope conference in February, sponsored by Healing Hands International. The church-supported ministry has a bio of Farrar on its website.
Grace is a farm girl at heart having grown up on a farm in southern Indiana. She spent most of early education in a one room school house, but graduated valedictorian of her high school. She then enlisted in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and as a registered nurse went on to get a B.S. degree in home economics from Harding College. This is where she met and married Henry Farrar and was able to put him through medical school on her nursing income.
In 1964, Grace and Henry moved their five young children to southeastern Nigeria to begin the Nigerian Christian Hospital. Until Henry went on to his reward in 2010, the couple continued to make regular trips to Nigeria to work in the hospital and serve those people. Grace has also served in Cameroon, Tanzania and China as both a nurse and an educator. She writes for Christian magazines and makes presentations across the country. She has six children and six grandchildren who bless her life tremendously every day.
Healing Hands International announced that they will honor Grace Farrar posthumously at the conference.
“We … want you to know that we still plan to honor this precious Woman of Hope,” said conference director Alisa Van Dyke. “Though we are sad that she will not be able to be with us in body, we know that her spirit will be very present and we look forward to this celebration of her life.”