Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown for Arden Louise (Smith) Farragher, who passed away July 9 at Clare Bridge in Austintown.
She was born June 20, 1929 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Dr. Ivan C. and Eleanor (Hogle) Smith. A graduate of the Rayen School, Arden earned her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin, where she was the president of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She earned her teaching certificate from Youngstown State University and taught at East High School. She was an active lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, where she chaired many committees, taught Sunday School and was Senior Warden of the Vestry.
Arden was director of rehab at the Easter Seal Center for Rehabilitation; director of rehab for Southside Hospital, Youngstown Hospital Association; a member of the Junior League of Youngstown, serving as treasurer; member of the Board of Directors for HelpHotline Crisis Center; and a founding member of Leadership Mahoning Valley. She also served as vice president of Farragher Marketing Services, Inc.
Arden loved gardening, wild birds and birding. She loved to cook and bake, and was a master knitter. A devoted mother, loving wife, healthcare expert and dedicated community leader, she will be sadly missed by her husband, William E. Farragher, whom she married Dec. 29, 1951; two daughters, Kelly (Stanley) Paras of Manchester, N.H. and Allison (LonDel) Stairhime of Hicksville; a son, Mark (Trish Moletteire) of Santa Fe, N.M.; a foster son, Robert (Kristina) Shellenbarger of Eau Claire, Wis.; a brother, Ivan C. Smith Jr. of Lancaster; two sisters, Ann Sifers of Bryan, Texas, and Allison Sturm of Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren, Patrick Gray of Cleveland, Colin Gray of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Harrison Paras of New York City, Alexander Paras of Chicago, and Bailee, Spencer, Kaitlyn and Steven Shellenbarger of Eau Claire, Wis.
In addition to her parents, Arden is preceded in death by a daughter, Kate Farragher.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406, or HelpHotline, P.O. Box 46, Youngstown, OH 44503, in Arden’s name.
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