Elizabeth Ann Farman, 71, of Williston, Vt., passed away suddenly in her sleep on May 15, 2018.
Liz was the daughter of Willard and Ruth Farman; cherished sister of Virginia F. Smith (Thomas) of Lexington, Mass., and Barbara F. McRae (Martin) of Morgan, Vt.; loving aunt of Lia M. Greenwood (Chad), Jeff McRae (Erin), Jennifer S. Bohac (Steve) and Brian Smith (Melanie); loving great-aunt of Abby, Ethan, Finn, Charlie, Wren, Evan, Delia, Erik, Tommy and Dominic.
Liz grew up in Newport, Vt., and received a B.S. and M.Ed. at the University of Vermont. She had a long teaching career at the Shelburne Village and Community Schools. She was active in her teachers’ union and served as her union’s contract negotiator. She was a staunch and fierce advocate for her fellow Shelburne teachers.
Music was always present in Liz’s life. She sang in her church choirs as a youth, played the clarinet and recorder, and when needed served as organist at the United Church of Newport during her high school and college years. She was an accomplished pianist and in recent years enjoyed being the accompanist for the eurythmy classes at the Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne.
In her younger years, Liz hiked, camped, traveled in Europe, and enjoyed many trips to the Maine coast with her friends. She was an avid reader. Liz believed in staying mentally active and was always working on a challenging crossword puzzle.
Liz was always doing for others. She knit many beautiful sweaters and afghans for her nieces and nephews. She put great thought into finding just the right gifts for her family and friends, and her beautifully wrapped Christmas presents were legend. She always made Christmas special.
She was a generous sister, aunt and friend. Liz had a passion for tennis, cherry wood bowls and peonies.
Liz inspired those around her with the courage she displayed while fighting her battle with heart disease and “going through the Khyber Pass” of open heart surgery in January. She was blessed to have had the support and community of her fellow Shelburne teachers and friends throughout this difficult time and during her entire adult life. She was a very special “Liz.” Her family wishes we could have had her with us just a bit longer.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at