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Barbara Jean Pippin Farley

Barbara Jean (Pippin) Farley, 83 of Whitman, West Virginia obtained her Heavenly Wings as she departed this life late Friday night, November 1st 2019 after a long illness with Dementia and following a brief stay at Logan Regional Medical Center where she was placed in Hospice Care. On this night Barbara, once again was able to walk and as she strolled through the pearly gates she was greeted by her Savior, Jesus Christ. Also patiently waiting was her loving husband, Junior, with his infectious smile to greet his dear bride with a loving embrace. Now they are forever united again in eternity. Born on July 31, 1936 in the McDowell County community of Bartley, West Virginia; She was the daughter of the late Ival and Zella Pippin. Also, preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her brothers Emmitt and Jack and her sisters Shirley, Thelma and one infant sister. Barbara was a devout housewife from a time when the survival of the family unit depended on the mother to provide for all the families immediate needs. She had a most charitable heart and was an original member of “Animal Rescue” way ahead of her time. She would often fill her home with the aroma of savory dishes and fresh baked bread. You see, she’s from an era where you fed all those who entered your home and many a Whitman Creeker growing up around her benefited from this hospitable act. She was also an avid collector of watches, possibly because she saw the beauty of time and how it quietly slips past us all. You could often find her at the kitchen table, notably among other things, reading her Bible from end to end. She was a member of the 20 Whitman Community Church and was faithful even before her profession of Faith. Lastly, if you’ve ever heard the phase, “Stubborn as a mule” you should know that Barbara Jean taught the mule a thing or two  Survivors include her children; daughters, Johnna (Gary) McGuire of Logan and Crystal (Chris) Ellis of Chapmanville; one son Arthur Ray Farley of Charlotte, North Carolina, who greatly miss their mother but quietly smile as they know her healing is complete. Dementia may have claimed her in this life but it holds no power over her now as her body and mind has been restored. She also leaves two loving fur babies at home, Suzy her devoted canine who you would often find continually by her side and Snuggles the cat and a host of special nieces and nephews who have fond memories of Aunt Barbara. Barbara was fortunate to have gained 3 special daughters who assisted with her needs and provided a level of love and care that only a family could give; Lesly Donahue, Michelle Mitchell and Debbie Adkins. These ladies are forever bonded with our family and we could not have endured this without their support. To honor her wishes, only one service will be held on Tuesday, November 5th with visitation at the 20 Whitman Community Church from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM with a celebration of her life immediately thereafter with Pastor Joaquin Ooten officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Should you so choose, in lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the 20 Whitman Community Church or The Paws Squad. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that everyone has given them as we’ve traveled this long road. Special thanks to her physician, Dr. Billy Mullen and his wonderful staff who have fought this battle with her. In Proverbs, Chapter 31 there are 22 points made about an excellent wife and mother. These last verses conclude a book of poetic beauty and perhaps God placed it here to demonstrate the importance of applying these principles of wisdom in the home, of which Barbara displayed them all. She never failed to tell you she loved you and was constant in that love and devotion not only to her husband; “The heart of a husband doth safely trust in trust in her…” and her children “arise up and call her blessed...” but to all whom she would meet. She was a precious example of faith and as for her thoughtfulness we leave you with this, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Today we honor you Mom!

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