Christine Conroy Farnam

christine farnam

November 30, 1951 ~ January 6, 2022

Born in: Scranton, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Christine Conroy Farnam 70, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family in Asheville January 6, 2022.

Christine was born on November 30, 1951 in Scranton PA to David J and Lois H Conroy. Chris was the third of four children in a very happy and close family in Clark Summit PA. She chose to attend Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ for two years and then transferred to UNC Chapel Hill where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and earned her Masters Degree in Education a few years later.

Chris had a passion for teaching and was very creative, energetic and inspired. She loved the kids and embraced those with challenges. She gave her absolute best to teaching and everything else in life. She taught Kindergarten for 16 years at Estes Elementary beginning the first year NC offered the program. It was a creative enterprise in those early days. She also taught at Summer Camps, Central Methodist Church School, taught GED classes at night for working adults and English as a Second Language.

She gave her family priority and was a very loving Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Wife, and Sibling. Chris also gifted her enthusiasm and teaching skills to her family. So many fun ways to learn and keep learning! Sometimes it seemed like we had a camp in our home. As her family grew, she welcomed opportunities to share and broaden perspectives through travel or adventures. Christine also gratefully enjoyed and valued her friends.

She is survived by her loving children Wesley Farnam and wife Emilee, daughter Ellie Troxler and husband Will, daughter Abby Siegrist and husband Madison. Her husband Neil Farnam and Chris’ beloved granddaughters McCallister King Farnam 11 months and Lucy Christine Siegrist 10 months.

Christine also leaves behind her close and loving siblings, Susan Williams and her husband Tim of Pittsburgh PA, Pamela Breslin and her husband Andy of Lenox MA, and Peter Conroy and his wife Roxanna. Christine also leaves 6 cherished nieces and 4 fine nephews.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Chris was truly an amazing, inspirational woman. Her kind, adventurous, and generous heart will be missed terribly. I will forever cherish our wonderful friendship and keep her close in my heart.

  2. I am so saddened to hear this news. Some of my best childhood memories are with the Farnams. Chris always made me feel so welcomed and loved and I will truly miss her! I always felt like no matter what was going on she never seemed to see the bad but helped me see the good and bright in every situation. I miss the days with Abby and her family whether at their home, lake house or any of the fun and spontaneous adventures they were going on. I love you all and am always here for you 🖤

  3. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to your family. I spent may years as a fellow Kindergarten teacher with Chris at Valley Springs Elementary and then we shared the excitement of moving to a new school, Estes Elementary. She was an awesome Kindergarten teacher.

  4. Chris was a great teacher and I loved working with her at Estes ! I just recently saw the pictures of her with her daughter and the smiles on both their faces was so beautiful to see! I am very sad to hear of your loss ! Chris will be Greatly missed ! 🥲

  5. Mrs. Farnam was my kindergarten teacher at Estes in 1988-1989. She was awesome. I then was able to babysit Wesley, Ellie & Abby in Biltmore Forest for several years. They were great kids to babysit for, and we always had fun!! Sending prayers and love to the entire family.

  6. I was blessed in getting to know Chris while teaching at Estes. The first year I taught kindergarten Wesley was in my class! Chris was a huge blessing to me that year! She taught me a lot. I always enjoyed her chipper personality! She will be missed.💕

  7. Chris will always have a special place in my heart. She gave my son a wonderful kindergarten experience, and I will be forever grateful! She also was fun to co-teach with and welcomed students with special needs in her classroom.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. Peace and light to her precious family.

  8. Chris will always have a special place in my heart. She was such a wonderful, caring and inspirational teacher and friend. She inspired and encouraged me to become a teacher. I was a parent volunteer in her class. She lifted everyone with her enthusiasm for life. She will be missed! Sending my sincere condolences to her beautiful family!

  9. Chris was a great teacher and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be missed.
    Love, Jane and George Kramer

  10. Neil,
    I’m so sorry to hear that Chris had passed away. I understand from Gail that Chris had to deal with this illness for several years, but she had maintained a cheerful and strong attitude. Our thoughts are with you.
    John & Kelly

  11. Chris was one of the best people I have ever known. Her postive outlook on life and cheerful attitude were infectious. She is missed but lives on in our memories. My condelences to the Farnam family, especially Neil and to the Conroy family Pam, Susie, and Pete. God bless you all.

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