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January 10, 2018 · OPINION

Never elected, Gina Farrar won our hearts as a leader

By Yakir M. Lubowsky
Warrenton

She slipped out into the unexpected snow the night of December 30. Gina [Farrar] had told Jimmy [Timberlake] — her husband of 39 years — she hoped to celebrate another Christmas, but to transfer to her eternal self before the start of another new year.

Gina’s memorial service at St. James’ Episcopal Church last Friday was a lovely celebration of her singular character and rare attributes. The common theme of the reflections was gratitude for her legacy of kindness and good work, which survives.

My wife and I felt that, too, for the years of friendship and particularly for Gina and Jimmy’s auxiliary grand-parenting of our daughters, both stalwart campers and counselors at The Nature Camp.

Character leaders define a community. They tend not to be elected, but chosen by an even more august, inscrutable process. Here in Warrenton/Fauquier, we have benefitted greatly from a succession of such splendid leaders.

While diminished by the loss of each one — unusually impactful folks like Boots Ritchie, Lynn Hopewell and Todd Benson, come readily to mind — we are called to step forward and lift our share.

Gina’s ineffable departure reminds us, again, how we may be directed toward good — in ways large and small — by the practice of their wise kindness, guided by the light of our memories of them, as our forebears were by the constellations above.

Gina has taken her place among those stars that illuminate virtuous paths for those who look up . . . offering us a loving celestial navigation seamlessly connected to her prior earthbound example.
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BJ · January 12, 2018 at 9:06 am
A wonderful tribute to an exceptional human being! This world needs more people like Gina.
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