Josephine B. Farson

March 28, 1928 ‒ October 24, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Josephine B. Farson, age 89, of Mount Vernon, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 28, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio the daughter of Thomas and Geraldine (Burkley) Devine.

Jo was a 57 year member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church where she sang in the church choir for over 20 years. Jo was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother that will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her five sons; Michael (Phyllis) Farson of Williamsburg, Virginia, Thomas (Charlotte) Farson of Marengo, Charles (Deborah) Farson of Mount Vernon, Paul (Verna) Farson of Centerburg and Joseph (Yvonne) Farson of Gambier; two daughters, Anne (Daniel) Foelsch of Lake Arrowhead, California and Mary (James) Collier of San Diego, California; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; a great great grandson; three sisters, Geraldine Murphy, Ann Yersavich and Margaret Diehl.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John W. Farson and a son; John Walker Farson Jr.; a brother, Thomas Devine and four sisters, Mary Knoop, Patricia Manda, Jayne Holsinger and Martha Eyerman.

Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a Rosary will follow at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond will be Celebrant. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Jo’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

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  • My sincerest condolences to all the Farsons on a great loss. And a great loss to all Devine decendents.

  • You were an amazing person and we can’t believe you are gone. We always are going to love you!

  • Thinking of all of you today, and sad that I cannot be with you. The entire Farson Family has always been a part of our extended family. I know I’m a better person because of the love and friendship I received growing up with the Farsons. We all know, that you have a special cloud in Heaven…filled with all the blessings of the world with your name on it.
    Love you so much,

  • I always looked up to you growing up and enjoyed my many visits to see your family on the farm. Visiting the farm and seeing your smiling face were some of the best memories I have as a child. I am glad you can finally be reunited with my grandmother, Jayne, and your other siblings and other relatives. Rest in peace, Sweet Aunt Jo <3 <3 <3

  • To my extended Farson family. I love you all so very much and while I knew Grandma Jo was ill and prepared myself for this moment. ..I am without words at this moment. My deepest condolences. I am blessed to be part of this family and fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her and love her for all these years. My Fondest Memories will always be the card games….My deepest regret, that we didn’t have time for more. My reward, I’ll see her again one day and my playing cards will be in hand. With much love and respect. God Bless

  • Brandi we are lifting up your family in prayer for comfort during this time of loss. May your grandma’s memories be forever in your heart.

  • John and family,

    I am so sorry for this loss. She leaves a legacy of a life well lived and a family she adored. You are all in my prayers.

    Laura Roth

  • I’m very sorry for your loss of your loved one. May the many hugs, consoling words, and prayers comfort you. May the God of all comfort strengthen you for the days to come, Psalm 29:11..The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

  • So sorry to hear. I always enjoyed talking to Jo she was such a nice lady and good neighbor. I am sure she is in a better place now.

  • I am so sad–Aunt Jo was so positive and always smiling. I will keep all the Farsons in my prayers.

  • Thank you for accepting me and my family into yours. Many years of wonderful memories, kind thoughts and unconditional love. God bless you Jo, love and prayers for all your family.
    Dia, Rashan and Casie.

  • My condolences to the Farson family. I remember Mrs. Farson’ s smiling face from many events at St. Vincent High School. She was a big part of that tight community. God bless her and her family.

  • All my love and prayers to my cousins and their family’s. Share your memories with each other and remember all the good times you had with her. She will be missed by all.

  • Many thoughts & prayers for your family at this time of need. Truly sorry for your precious loss I know how much she will be missed.

  • Many great times shared at the farm, she will be greatly missed. I am thankful of all the awesome times we spent out there. I think I remember eating pie milk the most. Much love from our family to yours.♡♡♡♡

  • So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and bless you with many memories.

    Judy & Tony DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • My fondest memories of Aunt Jo was going to the farm and seeing her smiling face. She was always smiling even during the tough times. I know my mom and dad are showing her around in heaven with all the deceased Devine’s. Rest in peace, Aunt Jo.

  • Our deepest condolences to your whole family. Jo was such a fun lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she was here in San Diego. It was evident of the great love and pride she had for family. She will be greatly missed. God Bless!
    Robbie and Michelle Blea

  • To my family, I deeply regret not being with you in the celebration and morning of a exceptional, wonderful and inspiring woman. Grandma’s impact on my life can not be summed up in so few sentences. Her remarkable way of living a Christ filled life will continue to inspire me and my children. She will be missed dearly and remembered often. My children, husband and I are with you in our thought and prayers. God Bless You ALL!!
    With Love,
    Amanda Balzarini

  • Jo always made us city kids feel welcome when we visited for a family reunion on the farm and Jack always found some kind of chore for us to do while we were there. I have a lot of fond memories of her throughout the years. She was a wonderful woman. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  • My prayers will be with Mrs. Farson’s family. When I was a child my family would bring us to Ohio for family reunions on the farm. I have some of my fondest memories as a military brat visiting the country as a “city slicker”. I always loved the country smells and sights. I eventually took my life to the bush of Alaska to live off the land and enjoy the country way of life there. I attribute my desire to do this due to the get togethers at the farm. Love and Peace to you all and may life bring you many pleasures and successes. I have nothing but the deepest respect and love for your mother, grandmother, sister, etc.
    May God touch her and invite her into his kingdom.

  • To all the Farsons and extended families – you all were so blessed to have Aunt Jo in your lives to be a shining example of love and acceptance. She never knew a stranger and welcomed all of us Devine cousins to the farm with open arms. She will be missed by so many, but I am grateful for the blessing she was in our lives. I wish I could be there to join in the celebration of her life, but will will be sending prayers and virtual hugs from Arizona to all. I know she is with Jack, Walkie, Bethie and all her siblings, and she will always be an angel to us. Love, Beth

  • Tom, sorry to hear of you and your family loss. Always enjoyed visiting with you when we went to the farm, your mother always made me feel welcome, she was always friendly and happy to see all her friends. Really enjoyed playing cards when she visited AZ

  • We are so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Words cannot express our sadness. May God provide comfort and peace to your family during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1;3,4

  • I am so sorry for your loss Farson Family. Jo and Jack took me in when I first moved to Knox county and treated me and my family like their own. Our children loved to visit Jo and the farm and Jo was always a delight to be around. Bless you all.

  • Farson Family: I’m so sorry about cousin Jo. I always enjoyed talking with her and hearing her stories at the McGowan reunions. Her laugh was so great to hear. We will miss her dearly. Love you all, cousin Julie McFee Huskey

  • Tom, Charlotte, and the Farson Family,
    We send our deepest condolences on the loss of Jo. She was so loved, and we know there will always be an empty place in your family without her. Just know that our prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Sending hugs and love.
    Gary and Linda Bockover

  • Thoughts and prayers to the Farson Family. We certainly will miss Aunt Jo and her great stories. She was always so inviting when we visited the farm. Special hugs to my Farson cousins. You took great care of your Mom. She is at peace and will be greatly missed.
    Gail and Greg Krivicich

  • Such a well lived life. Full of love, laughter, and to many to count kind and loving deeds for others. Always enough patience to amaze even the saints!
    She leaves behind so many that were touched by her loving personality and never ending reaching out to anyone that needed a kind word.
    Mary,Tom,Chuck, (ones I knew the best) and all her other beloved children n family, I send my prayers and love.

  • I will always remember the great times we had at the farm. Aunt Jo’s laugh was infectious. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to all the Farson family. Rest In Peace
    Mary Petrozzini and family

  • Dear Family;
    Your Mother always had a smile on her face and a warm encouraging word!
    Honored to have known her…..what a wonderful legacy she has left; not only to her family but also to all who knew her!
    My deepest sympathy and prayers for each of you.
    God bless!

    Nora Porter Frazee

  • To the Farson Family

    I want to extend my deepest sympathy on your mother’s passing. I am currently out of state and am sorry I could not express my condolences in person. I used to run into your mom after moving to Mount Vernon. She also seemed so upbeat, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jon Porterfield

  • Msincerest condolences to all the Farsons on a great loss. I am truly thankful and will always remember the kindness and love grandma Jo gave me.

    Love, Takako


  • Dearest Mike, Phyllis and Farson Clan,
    We are so sorry to learn about the death of your mom. Know that you are all being held close to our hearts and in our thoughts during this time of healing grief. May the grace and great LOVE of God be with you to carry you through these days of sorrow.
    Blessings of peace and healing be yours,
    Dee and Bernadette