Betty Jane (Hart) Farner
Lloyd A. Woolman
Betty Jane (Hart) Farner, 90, of Columbus, Ohio, wife of the late Grace Brethren pastor Donald W. Farner and mother of Grace Brethren pastors Donald Farner and Tim Farner, died Saturday, January 31, 2009.
Born October 23, 1918, in Shelby, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ream V. and Ruth (Barga) Hart. Along with her husband Donald W. Farner, they came to know the Lord at the West 10th Street Brethren Church in Ashland.
After Don’s pastoral training, they went on to pastor at Grace Brethren churches in Sidney, Ohio; Harrah, Wash.; Toppenish, Wash. (Pastor Farner founded this church); Winona, Minn.; and Limestone, Tenn. She was a member of Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland and Worthington Grace Brethren Church and Powell Grace Brethren Church while living in Columbus.
A pastor’s wife until her husband’s death, she then returned to Ashland where she was a cook at a fraternity house at Ashland University and later worked at Carter Drapery Service.
She is survived by sons, Don (Joyce) Farner of Butler and Tim (Sandy) Farner of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Carol Farner of Warsaw, Ind.; grandchildren, Stephanie Schmucker, Angie Hansen, Jim Farner, Beth Farner, Michelle Farner, Melissa Kelley, Jeff Farner, Jon Farner, and Jay Farner; and 13 great grandchildren.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 1977 while pastoring in Limestone, Tenn.; son, Stephen A. Farner; and sister, Eleanor McBride.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in Ashland. Pastor Dean Risser officiated.
Burial was at Vermillion Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Home Reach Hospice, 3595 Olentangy River Road. Columbus, OH 43214.
Lloyd A. Woolman, 84, of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., died on Monday, February 9, 2009.
Woolman was born on August 21, 1924 in Preston, Wash., to Bernard Woolman and Pearl (Johnson) Woolman. He was married on December 8, 1946, to Elizabeth “Betty” Barnes, who died on December 27, 1990.
He was a professor at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., in the Physical Education Department where he was a coach, athletic director, and dean of men. A 1963 graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, he was also the pastor of West Etna Community Church, West Etna, Ind., and pastored Grace Brethren churches in California, Alaska, and Virginia.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged October 17, 1945. He was a member of Grace Brethren Church, past member of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club, and he received Coach of the Year in the MCC Conference in Soccer (2) and Track and Field (4). Woolman spent the last 18 years living in Arlington, Wash., and had been a resident of Grace Village Retirement Community since October, 2008.
He will be missed by his two sons: James (wife Janiece Widman) Woolman, Arlington, Wash. and Gary (wife Becky Kent) Woolman, Fort Wayne, Ind.; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one brother: Ralph Woolman (Phoenix, Ariz.). He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers.
A memorial service was held on February 14 at Grace Village with Pastor Rick Hawks officiating. Burial was in Concordia Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind..
Memorials in Woolman’s memory can be made to Grace College Athletic Department, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590.