Mrs. Tarr began riding and competing with horses at a very young age. She worked for Horse Country Saddlery in Warrenton and then the Stable Door on Main Street.
After the Stable Door closed, she spent a number of years working for Rick Hunt Ford as its customer relations manager. She then went on to become executive director of the Fauquier SPCA until retiring last December.
Mrs. Tarr always has enjoyed catering and helping with coordinating special events, parties and weddings.
After she and her husband Bobby married and moved to Orlean, they both became members of the Orlean volunteer department. She remembers being at home one snowy night while Mr. Tarr was working and watching the snow quickly accumulate outside the back door. During this time the OVFRD siren began blowing and blowing for a house fire in Marshall. Because of the accumulation of snow, no one could make it to the firehouse and respond to the call. When Mr. Tarr came home the next morning, she had decided that they needed to join the volunteer company promptly did so.
Mrs. Tarr always has been involved with activities at the firehouse — everything from helping with the dinners, fundraisers, special events, coordinating parking cars at Great Meadow, to answering fire and medical calls.
On an emergency medical call, she and her husband arrived to find a patient who could not walk but was able to move about the house on hands and knees. Despite the danger of broken glass on the floor throughout the home, Mrs. Tarr was quickly able to reason and calm the patient, ensuring safe transport to the hospital. There were a number of EMS personnel on this scene but Mrs. Tarr was the only one able to reason with the patient.
She will respond to any kind of emergency — a vehicle accident, any type of fire and any type of EMS call. Mrs. Tarr has been on many calls where she has performed CPR. On others, she served well by just talking and calming patients and family members.
Her favorite pastimes are cooking, camping and sharing her love with the family pets.
The Orlean volunteer company presented the Lifetime Membership Award to her its monthly business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 3.
As Mr. Tarr’s parents have always said, “That Mary, she and do anything.”