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Selma Patricia 'Pat' Farthing Kirby

July 13, 1941 — June 14, 2019

Selma Patricia 'Pat' Farthing Kirby

Selma Patricia ‘Pat’ Farthing Kirby, age 77, of Vilas, North Carolina, took up permanent residence upstairs on Friday, June 14, 2019.  She was born on July 13, 1941 to the late Dr. BR Farthing and Selma Thomas Farthing. In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by a brother, Barton Farthing. 

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 36 years, Dean Kirby; one son, David Farthing; two daughters, Lora Chapham and Crystal Farthing; sister, Teddie Stewart and husband Dennis; nephew, Andrew Stewart; niece, Lydia Pract; two wonderful kitty cats; special friends, Ed and Ellen Roark.

Pat was employed by Appalachian State University for 41 years as a Professor in the Library.  Her one goal in life of teaching was to make a difference.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Vilas, NC, where she served as librarian.  She also loved singing in the church choir.

Pat enjoyed riding her ATV and being the co-owner of Dean Kirby’s ATV Rental.  Most of all she loved being Dean’s wife.

The family will receive friends from1-2:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Bethel Baptist Church, Vilas, NC.  Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Toby Oliver and Pastor Derek Wilson officiating.  Graveside service and interment will follow at the Farthing Family Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Lynn Farthing, Steve Ficklin, Bill Dishman, David Hagerman, Victor Fortune and John Burden.  Honorary pallbearers are Bob Johnson and her many special friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund,  129 Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, NC 28692

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The family of Selma Patricia ‘Pat’ Farthing Kirby has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

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