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Resident Spotlights | September 5, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Resident Spotlight – Virginia Farris

virginia-farris-familyVirginia Farris was born to parents Mildred and Norman Snyder in the small town of Gustine, California, in the Central Valley south of Stockton. She has three siblings, including her brother, Eugene, and sister, Norma.

Virginia has in fact lived in various corners of California, including Modesto, Berkeley, and Carmel. For the last 24 years, she has called our lovely town of Davis her home, and says that the thing she likes best about Davis is the fact that she feels safe here. She was one of the founding residents of Carlton Senior Living Davis, moving here in March of 2014!

She married a gentleman named Bruce Elliot in 1945, and raised four children with him: Jayne, Mary, David and Diane. She now has seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren! She later met and married Jack Farris in 1956.

In college, Virginia majored in French, double-minoring in Spanish and history, and received her Bachelor Degree at UC Berkeley, along with earning a teaching credential. Hoping to promote and provide support for others, Virginia dedicated herself to her work as a social worker for over 30 years in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties, concluding her career with the Department of Children’s Home Licensing.

Her favorite and most memorable life experiences include her inheritance in a time of need, raising her four children, and what she describes as “reasonably good luck so far!” Throughout her life, Virginia has had many notable accomplishments, which include holding the title of Queen of the Senior Ball at UC Berkeley in 1945, an honorable mention for her Associate Degree, and starting multiple workshops for developmentally disabled students.

Virginia says that her favorite meal includes a delicious dish of macaroni & cheese, shrimp scampi, and the chocolate flourless cake served here at the Carlton- a noted favorite of many other residents. Virginia is an avid reader, and loves engrossing herself in a good book, paper, or journal. Asked about her favorite movie, she states that “What about Bob?,” starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, is a must see comedy!

Virginia’s life philosophy is: “be cautious, and respect other people’s feelings.”