Essex, MA — Janice Marie (Murray) Farnham, 77, of Chebacco Terrace, Essex, widow of the late Joseph N. Farnham Jr., died Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester, following her long illness.
Born in Gloucester on June 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Edith (Gray) Murray. Janice was a 1953 graduate of Gloucester High School, where she was a member of the Girls Drill Team for all four years. Following graduation, she worked at Addison Gilbert and Salem Hospitals prior to joining her husband at his family’s business, Farnham's Restaurant in Essex. Together they owned and operated the restaurant until 1994, the restaurant's 50th year, when they sold the business due to Mr. Farnham's failing health. In 1990 she and her husband received the Small Business Award, and in 1992 they received the Essex Pride Award.
Following her husband's death in 1995, she became employed by Dr. Curtis Ersing at Beacon Family Medicine in Ipswich, from which she retired in 2007.
Janice enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards with the Sunday Card Group and the Monday Night Card Group, photography, and dining out with friends.
She was a charter member and former president of the Friends of the Essex Council on Aging, a member of the Essex Senior Citizens Club, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and served as president of the Chebacco Terrace Tenant's Assn. She was a longtime member and communicant of St. John the Baptist Church of Essex.
She is survived by her step-family, Joyce, wife of John Kippin, of Ipswich, five grandchildren, Robyn, wife of Joseph Lafata, of Essex, John Kippin, of Maine, Jessica, wife of Mark Pelosi, of Gloucester, Joseph and James Farnham, of California, six great grandchildren, Anthony and Nicholas Lafatam of Essex, CoriLeigh and Samantha Kippinm of Maine, and Harrison and Zachary Pelosi, of Gloucester. She is also survived by her god-daughter, Rachel McInnis, of Beverly, and several cousins, including very close cousin Frances, wife of Nicholas Parisi, of Gloucester.
She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Murray and step-son Joseph “Newt” Farnham III, of Medford, step-daughter Linda Farnham, of Gloucester, and cousin Robert Gray, of New York.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at St. John the Baptist Church in Essex. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 52 Main St., Essex, MA, 01929; VNA Care Network and Hospice, 8 Angle St., Gloucester, MA, 01930; or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.