She was recognized as the Marshall County Citizen of the Year in 2008 and founded the Mary Farley Care Center, which offers support and resources for those in financial crisis. A lifelong and active member of First United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, she also was a board member of the Marshall County Community Theater, United Giving Fund, and the local Red Cross chapter. She was a charter member of the Marshall County Historical Society and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames. Mary was the county's first classroom special education teacher and dedicated almost three decades to the needs of special education/vocational education students. She was active in the Marshall County Education Association where she served as treasurer and in Marshall County Retired Teachers. She was a 54-year cancer survivor and was active in regional cancer programs. Mary attended Martin College and Peabody College and received a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Allen Hill and Mary Yarbrough Hill, as well as her daughter, Anne Hughes.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Elmer Ray Farley; daughters, Linda Clark and Susan Martensen; and son-in-law, Charlie Hughes (Anne). She leaves behind grandchildren, Lorrie Jackson (John Mark), Heather Eskridge, Carrie Thomas (Brad), Brian Martensen (Melissa), Larry Clark Jr., and Susan Angkaw (Cesar), as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the McKnight Center (across from London Funeral Home) in Lewisburg from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
Memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church in Lewisburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, with burial at Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg.
Memorials are encouraged to the following: First United Methodist Church (Lewisburg), Mary Farley Care Center, Marshall County Community Theater, Marshall County Library, Red Cross, and U.S.O.
London Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.