Information for Mabel DeCoursey Farner
21 September, 1912 - 9 January, 2002
From the Idaho Press Tribune
dated 11 January, 2002
Contributed by John Mutch
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Mabel DeCoursey Farner, 89, of Nampa,
died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at a Nampa hospital. Funeral
services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Alsip & Persons
Funeral Chapel, Nampa with Pastor Way Fine officiating.
Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell.
She was born Sept. 21, 1912, in the Franklin Community,
north of Nampa, the younger of two children to Thomas M. and
Mae (Jackson) DeCoursey.
Mabel had an abundance of fond memories of her
childhood and youth in the Franklin Community, school, and
church, where lifelong friendships were formed. She and her
sister, Hazel, described their childhood as one of security
from loving parents.
She graduated from Nampa High School in 1930. On Dec.
31, 1930, Mabel married Virgil Farner, her husband of 71
years. They farmed at Melba from 1931 through 1940 where they
were active in the Melba Friends Church. In the fall of 1940
they purchased their farm in the Lakeview Community, where
they have lived since.
Mabel was active in the Lakeview Grange, Sunday School,
and the Friendly Neighbors Club. Prompted by the 50th
anniversary of this club, she researched, wrote, and published
her book, "Yesteryears in Lakeview," a history of the
community and a task she loved.
She also loved family history and compiled extensive
genealogies of both the DeCoursey and Farner families. They
have been affiliated with Memorial Park Baptist Church in
Caldwell. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana and will be
She is survived by her husband, Virgil; three children and
their spouses, Ken and Phyllis Farner , the Dalles, Ore.,
Norman and Virginia Higer, Caldwell, and Tom and Sherrie
Farner, Caldwell; 10 grandchildren, Ramona Farner Harwood,
Lakeside, MT, Nancy Farner, Keizer, OR, Dan Farner, Mulino,
OR, James Farner, Sherwood, OR, Debbie Higer Hamilton, Nampa,
Tammy Higer Gabica, Middleton, Scott Higer, Nampa, Kirby
Farner, Boise, Brad Farner, Middleton, Amanda Farner Gordon,
Nampa; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister,
Friends may call at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel from 4 to
Memorials may be made in her memory to the Memorial Park Baptist
Church, 1219 S. Kimball, Caldwell, ID 83605.