Margaret Farris, a prominent female figure in Pulaski County, was laid to rest this morning. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 70 years, where she served as Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, and was also a member of the choir. She was also active in mission work as president of the Women’s Missionary Union.
She was active in the Democratic Women’s Club, the Business and Professional Woman’s Club of Pulaski, the American Red Cross and First Baptist Church.
Farris received the award for 1983-1984 “Woman of the Year,” presented by the Pulaski Business and Professional Women’s Club.
She was appointed Pulaski County Treasurer in 1973, and served in the office until 1987. She succeeded Charles A. Potter of Rockbridge County as head of the state organization, and was chair of the electoral board in 1996.
One of her most noteworthy accomplishments while serving as treasurer was being named President of the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia in 1982.
Farris was first employed in the treasurer’s office in 1955, and was promoted to accountant in 1961, a position she held until she took over as treasurer. Prior to that time, she worked in the Commissioner of Revenue’s office.
She was past matron, and 50-year member, of the former Pulaski Chapter 113 Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the New River Historical Society and the Virginia Association of Elected Officials. Farris will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched with her dedication and service.