Kimberly Farbo

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Kimberly ‘Kim’ Ann Farbo, 62, of Moscow, ID, passed away to her Lord June 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.  Kim was born August 8, 1954 in Williston, North Dakota, to William (Bill) and Barbara Stellmon.  She has three sisters and one brother.

The family moved to Moscow, ID, in 1965 from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Kim remained a resident of Moscow ever since.  She graduated from Moscow High School in 1972, and attended the University of Idaho two years (a true Vandal).  She married Angus Hooper Jr in July 1974 and they had two children Angus III and Troy Hooper.  They later divorced, and she remarried in 1988 to her devoted husband, John Farbo.

Kim retired from the University of Idaho after working there over twenty-five years.  Starting as a keyboard operator in the original computer unit, she retired as Administrative Assistant and Budget Manager for the Environmental Biotech Institute (EBI) under the direction of Dr. Ron Crawford.  She had multiple graduate students process through her office, and accepted each and every one of them as her own adopted children.  Between care, concern, direction and hugs, she was an invaluable asset to the educational experience of many, many students.

Kim and John were married June 17, 1988, at the First Presbyterian Church retreat center outside of Troy, ID.  Both worked at the University of Idaho, and met the traditional challenges of parenthood and work place with sometimes courageous battles.  Between conferences and vacations, travel became a big part of both their lives.  Fortunate to visit numerous states (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and most recently parts of Europe, Kim thrilled to the title of ‘World Traveler’.

Kim was never one to sit idle.  She always looked to help others and enjoyed the company of many groups and organizations.  While at the University of Idaho, she was a certified EMT volunteer for the Moscow Fire Department for several years.   She was an active Lions Club member, serving her community over thirty years.  Kim was the first female president of Moscow Central Lions Club.  She served as an elder and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church and volunteered many years as a Sunday school teacher.  She was actively involved with the Huckleberry Chapter of the Red Hat Society, truly a fun and frolicking adventure for those many lady outings.  An avid sports fan (go Vandals, Seahawks and Mariners), Kim participated many years as a softball player, bowler, and golfer.  Always striving to get to the next level, she was never shy about taking lessons and practicing.  But the most important object was to make it fun and have fun.

She is survived by her husband John, of Moscow, her two sons Angus/Troy Hooper (Kari), and his two children Jason Farbo of Mount Vernon, WA, and Jackie Kang of Seattle, WA.  Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Stellmon.  She is survived by her father and stepmother, Bill and Rosalyn Stellmon of Viola, ID, three sisters, Kerry Joebgen and Nancy (and Rob) Suski of Tri-Cities, WA, Susan (and Larry) Willemsen of DeRidder, LA, and one brother, Dave Stellmon of Salt Lake City, UT.  Two grandchildren, Kade Hooper of Moscow, ID and Tre Hooper of Vancouver, WA, were the apple of her eye.

A Celebration of Life for Kim will be held Sunday, August 6, 2017, at the University Inn, Best Western Plus, beginning at 2:00pm.  Following her request, cremation has taken place and a family gathering for inurnment will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Moscow Central Lions Club Foundation, PO Box 8655, Moscow, ID.

3 Responses to Kimberly Farbo

  1. Gloria Luther says:

    My deepest condolences to John, her kids, grandkids, and family. We worked at the UI together for many years. We were also scrapbooking and card making buddies. Kim would come prepared with great pictures of family and loads of grandchildren pictures. She always had a special twinkle in her eyes when she shared the pics with us. When Kim was there we always got hugs. I will truly miss her but I know we will see each other again. Until then rest assured that she will be watching over all of us. Our special Guardian Angel. RIP Kim

  2. Deb Van Wagoner Woodhouse says:

    You were a gift to us, Kim. We will miss your always bright smile and lively soul.
    Know that your class members of MHS class of ’72 will toast you at our upcoming reunion and your presence will be sorely missed.

  3. Connie Hall says:

    John, my heart goes out to you in this difficult time. It seems that a thief came and stole her away, all too soon, too quickly. As you go through the next weeks, think of all the great times you shared and share those with others; not only does that keep her memory alive but it helps you realize what a gift from God Kim was to your life.

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