Obituary - Mary Jane Farrer

Mary Jane Farrer with one of her beloved dogs.

A service for Jackson resident Mary Jane (Baxter) Farrer, known to friends and family as “Calamity Jane,” is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Transfiguration in Southfield, Michigan.

Farrer died Aug. 11 at The Auberge at Aspen Park in Salt Lake City. She was 75.

Her family submitted the following.

Jane was born June 24, 1944, in Allen Park, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late Hubert Baxter and the late Loretta (Geise, Baxter) Hofmann.

She grew up in Allen Park and was a 1963 graduate of All Saints High School in Detroit. Jane went on to get her registered nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Nursing School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She later completed a master’s degree from University of Detroit Mercy.

Jane had been employed by Oakwood Hospital and Mercywood Hospital as a registered nurse in the psychiatric units. She became a city health nurse for the city of Detroit, working in the Cass Corridor.

Jane met William B. Farrer, and they married on May 27, 1967, at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Allen Park. They honeymooned and “tented” all throughout Europe. Jane and Bill lived in Trenton, Michigan, in a beautiful home where they always welcomed family and friends to relax, enjoy and spend quality time with each other. Jane worked for years in Trenton as a city nurse and then as a school nurse. She and Bill ventured out west in 1997 for retirement to Jackson Hole.

Jane adored her gardens, traveling, playing baseball, watching college basketball (especially March Madness), knitting, crocheting and playing cards with family. Some of her best times were with her dogs — first Baxter, then Wild Bill — at her “home on the range.” She made holidays, especially Halloween, and birthdays very special. She worked at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center and mapped out and navigated exciting destinations in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and other local destinations for many visiting tourists.

Jane is preceded in death by her father, Hubert Baxter, her mother, Loretta (Geise, Baxter) Hofmann, her husband, William B. Farrer, her brother-in-law, Leon “Lee” Monroe, and her sister-in-law, Rosella “Rose” Baxter.

She is survived by her brothers Ralph (Barbara) Baxter and James Baxter, sister Carol Monroe, son Kirk (Kathi) Weissenfluh, beloved grandchildren Davis, Brooklynn, Jackson and Carter, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, dear friends and her very special doggy, Wild Bill.


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