Lina Mitchell Farrish, 94, passed away on July 30, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Warner Robins, GA, after a long illness. A longtime resident of Yazoo City, MS, Lina moved to Warner Robins in 2005 to be near her daughter and extended family. Because of the Covid-19 virus, a graveside service will be scheduled in September for Ms. Farrish in Yazoo City with the Reverend George Woodliff, III officiating.
Lina was predeceased by her parents, Malcolm and Ethelina Mitchell, her husband, Gibb Farrish, and her sisters, Eliza (R.E.) Mitchell Hamilton and Mary Mitchell Dillon (Tom). She is survived by her sister, Josephine Mitchell (Haley) Turner of Tupelo, MS, her three children, Linda Farrish (Phil) Faraone of Warner Robins, George (Linda) Farrish of Brandon, MS and Gibb (Jill) Farrish, Jr. of Mandeville, LA; two grandsons, Mitch (Cheri) Faraone and Griffin Farrish, and three great-grandchildren, Mallory, Emma and Luke Faraone.
Lina was born in Greenwood, MS, on April 28, 1926, the youngest of Malcolm and Ethelina Mitchell’s four daughters. She grew up in Greenwood, graduated from the public schools there, and married her late husband, Gibb Farrish, Sr. in April, 1943.
Lina, Gibb and their family moved to Yazoo City in 1954 where the couple raised their three children and Mr. Farrish served as Yazoo City Fire Chief for 20 years, until his sudden death in 1974. For over 20 years, Lina served as executive assistant to the presidents of Mississippi Chemical Corporation in Yazoo City, first to Owen Cooper and then to his successor Tom Parry.
A warm, enthusiastic and outgoing person who loved life and people, Farrish was a beloved member of the Mississippi Chemical Corporation employee team, the congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church and the broader Yazoo City, MS community.
After retiring from corporate work, Lina served as a volunteer Parish secretary at Trinity Episcopal Church where she assisted the Reverend Joe Robinson, later the Reverend Paul Pradat and finally, the Reverend George Woodliff, III.
Speaking of Lina Farrish’s impact on his life, the Reverend Joe Robinson, now of Cambridge, Massachusetts, said: “What a wonderful friend, mentor, and ‘auntie’ Lina was to me and my family while we were at Trinity Church… The hours she spent listening to my crazy ideas and helping me figure out how to bring some of them to fruition were remarkable and truly a labor of love… She taught me more about being a priest in community than any other person… she was a ‘National Treasure’ in most all the lives she touched… she ought to have Heaven pretty well-organized in a month or so… RIP Dear one! (Resplendent in Perpetuity).”
Upon learning of Lina’s death, the Reverend Robert Certain, former rector of Trinity Parish, now residing in San Antonio, TX, said: “ May she rest in peace and rise in glory. She was a wonderful friend and an outstanding Mom to a generation of Mississippi Happeners (high school participants in the state-wide Episcopal Happening program, which Lina helped coordinate).
The Reverend George Woodliff, III, Trinity Church Rector since 200 said of Lina, “She made my transition as rector go smoothly. She showed me where things were. Lina advised me on who needed to be visited. She helped me with my first funeral. Most of all, she encouraged me in her loving and gentle manner. This church will always be in her debt.”
Jim Martin, who grew up in Yazoo City, close friends with the Farrish family said: “The grace I say before each meal I learned from Lina. I remember that she always used the ‘good’ silverware, because it got better and stayed polished if you use it. Lina always used her wit, her kindness and her graciousness every day. It got better and stayed polished that way!”
Jo G. Prichard, who worked with Lina at both Mississippi Chemical Corp. and Trinity Church, said: “Lina Farrish was like a beloved Aunt to a multitude of folks like me who were deeply touched by her love, joy, and generosity. I treasure the opportunities we had to work, worship and celebrate life together. She was one of the true Saints!”
Friends are invited to offer a memorial gift in Lina Farrish’smemory to Trinity Episcopal Church, Box 145, Yazoo City, MS 39194, All Saints Episcopal Church, 1708 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093, or the charity of your choice.
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