Audrey Farnum was born in Gloversville, New York on December 19, 1916. She passed away peacefully at her home in Vero Beach, Florida on September 15, 2018. Her daughter, Anne Ferenz was by her side.She was the daughter of Roy W. and Edith A. Painter. Her father was a local builder and owned many commercial properties in the area. Her mother was a first generation American,coming from England. Mrs. Farnum was graduated from Gloversville High School with the class of 1935. She graduated from Oneonta State University in New York where she earned a degree in teaching in 1938. She completed her education at the State University of New Paltz, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Her teaching career took her to Hyde Park, New York where she became a part of the Hyde Park Central School District for more than thirty years. She was a third grade school teacher at Violet Avenue School,and North Park Elementary School. Her late husband Madison Farnum was also a teacher at the F.D.Roosevelt High School, teaching French, instructing in other subjects, as well as coaching the Football team. In 1962-1963, both Audrey and Madison, with two of their children, went to Paris, France. Madison taught English to the french students thru an exchange program. They were able to travel throughout Europe before they returned to Dutchess County in New York.
In 1977, Audrey retired and became a resident of Vero Beach, Florida. She has lived in the area for forty one years. She was an avid gardener and became a member of the Rose Society.She produced many prize winning Roses. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution, and the Mayflower,descending from Sir Walter Scott. She was an avid reader and was a member of the Sebastian book Club. During her retirement years, Audrey cared for the well known ," Grandma Bea", Madisons' 'mother, who also lived to be one hundred years old.
Audrey was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach and also of Christ Episcopal Church in Red Hook, New York
Survivors include a son, Howard R. Velie, Crossville, TN, her daughter, Anne K. Ferenz, Palm Beach, FL, step-daughters and son-in-laws,Dianne and Gary Schroder, Myrtle Beach, SC, Janet Pagano and Ralph Pagano,Bolivia, NC . She is also survived by her remaining sister, Kathleen Crocetta who is ninety- six years old. Audrey leaves behind twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.Audrey was predeceased by her beloved son John Edward Velie who passed away in 1992. She passed peacefully in her home with her daughter, Anne Ferenz by her side.
There will be a service at the Chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church October 29, 2018 at 2:00PM.
Interment will be held at Pleasant Plains Cemetery, Pleasant Plains, NY
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Foundation are suggested.