May 082013

Annabel Gwen Farr Stenquist passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, April 27, 2013, one week short of her 89th birthday. Funeral services were held on her birthday, May 4, at the Show Low Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The concluding service and interment were held May 6 at the St. George Cemetery in St. George, Utah.
She was born on May 4, 1924, to the late Norman and Lottie (Lewis) Andreason in Richfield, Utah.
Gwen had an idyllic childhood, graduated from Richfield High School and met her future husband, Willard B. Farr, whom she married on Oct. 10, 1944, in South Carolina. His career in the Air Force took them all over the country. In the course of her lifetime, she lived in 35 different homes in several states, including California, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas, Georgia, Utah, Kentucky and Arizona. She got her childhood wish to “someday travel outside the state of Utah!” Together, Gwen and Willard had six children, Keith, Alan, Erik, Lorin, Sterling and Dina.
After Willard’s Air Force retirement in 1970, the family moved to St. George, where Gwen worked selling Avon, The World Book Encyclopedia, in the county clerk’s office and as a legal secretary.
After her divorce in 1983. Gwen was blessed to marry Don Stenquist of Tremonton, Utah, which was also where they lived for several years. They eventually moved to St. George, Utah, where they enjoyed many happy years together. Don and Gwen were privileged to serve as full-time missionaries for the LDS church in the Louisville Kentucky Mission, which they loved. Gwen also served in many other callings for the church, including Primary, Mutual, Sunday School, Stake Relief Society President, temple worker and missionary.
Thirsting for travel and learning, Don and Gwen visited many parts of the world, including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Panama, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, South Korea, Alaska, Egypt, Israel, England, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The walls of their study were lined with shelves and covered with mementos from their world travels.
Gwen had a personality that drew others to her. She was very creative, and enjoyed writing poetry, sketching and painting. Being outdoors, whether on a picnic, hike or working in her garden, was a source of joy to her. She was an optimist and had the gift of gratitude, appreciating even the smallest beauties, kindnesses or experiences. She was a woman of faith and loved her Savior dearly and relied upon her Heavenly Father daily, acknowledging His hand and help in her life through the difficult times as well as the good.
She made her home at The Carriage House in Snowflake the past three years.
Survivors include her four children, Keith (Janet) Farr of Antioch, Calif., Erik (Kirsten) Farr of West Valley City, Utah, Sterling (Rachelle) Farr of Draper, Utah, and Dina (Roger) Williams of Show Low; five stepchildren, Marie (Jeff) Wise of Sandy, Utah, Karen (Walter) Blanco of Layton, Utah, Donna (Derek) Jaco of Layton, Clark (Lillian) Stenquist of Layton and Diane (Rick) Spencer of Salt Lake City, Utah; 33 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Lorin Farr and Alan Farr.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.