of Batesville, AR
May 31, 1949 - August 14, 2023
Helen Susan ''Susie'' Moseley Farris, age 74, of Batesville, Ark., died peacefully on August 14, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 31, 1949, to the late Guy Woodson and Sara Grey Atkins Moseley. Susie graduated from Batesville High School in 1967, where she was a cheerleader and was elected Homecoming Queen. She received a B.A. in elementary education in 1971 from Hendrix College, where she was a cheerleader and GTAHAH maid. While at Hendrix, Susie met her future husband, Phil Farris of Fort Smith, and they enjoyed 52 wonderful years together. After Phil graduated from law school, they moved to Batesville, where Phil practiced law. Susie enjoyed volunteering in the community and was very involved in her daughters' school and extracurricular activities. She was a member of Chapter Z, PEO Sisterhood, where she served as president. She was a dedicated member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she served three terms as senior warden of the vestry. She was a voracious reader, and she passed this love down to her children and grandchildren. She cherished her friends and greatly valued the time she spent with them. Susie was devoted to her husband and daughters, and there was much love, laughter, and happiness in their home. Susie was thrilled to be ''Grammy'' to her five grandchildren, and she delighted in frequent family gatherings. Susie and Phil loved to travel and enjoyed many happy trips together on their own and with family. Susie laughed on the phone daily with her sister, Mary Ann Critz. Susie and Mary Ann were best friends in life, sharing a closeness that kept the conversation flowing and the laughter as a backing soundtrack to their lives. This model of love had a profound and lasting effect on the sibling relationships of their children. She is survived by her beloved husband and constant companion in life, Phillip Bushman Farris, and her precious daughters, Sara Ann Farris, Little Rock; Elizabeth Pierce Farris Bumpers (Fuller), Batesville; and Lucinda (Lucy) Grey Thompson (Paul), Little Rock. Her cherished grandchildren are Susan (Susie) Moseley, Elizabeth (Betsy) Grey, and Mary Farris Bumpers, Batesville; Andrew McCord and Sara Katherine Thompson, Little Rock. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Ann Critz (Jay), Little Rock; nieces Susan Myrick Critz Guthrie (Paul), Louisville, KY; Mary Margaret Critz, Roanoke, VA; Catherine Atkins Critz Snyder, Fayetteville, AR; and Miranda Moseley Critz Greear, Roanoke, VA. Great nieces and nephews: Wally and Anna Guthrie; John and William Snyder; Tasha Miller; and Molly, Libby, and Charles Greear. Special family members include Bonnie Bumpers, Paula Bumpers, and Pierce Farris. The family would like to thank the following health care providers at WRH for providing excellent care and support for the family during Susie's brief and sudden illness: Justin King, ARPN; Alice, ER nurse; Betty Adams, RN; Dr. Amanda Johnson; Dr. Jordan Weaver; Dr. Rachel Joseph; and Dr. Bob Walton. Susie always viewed the world with optimism and gratitude, and she felt that she was the luckiest person in the world. Our hearts are broken, but we are so grateful to have had her in our lives. Father Jim McDonald will conduct a graveside service at Oaklawn Cemetery on Tuesday, August 22, at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Batesville, AR; Special Olympics; and Children's Home, Inc., Paragould, AR.
Sorry to learn of Susie's passing. We were high school classmates. She was always kind to me. She had a special light around her.
Dear Farris familyMy heart goes out to all of you at loosing your wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt. My Farris connection is through Phillip, my cousin. I loved reading about the love and laughter Susie inspired and enjoyed with family and friends. Hopefully you will keep that going. Sending you love,Eileen
Dear Phil and Family and Mary Ann and Family,I (Ron) was a classmate of Susie in the Batesville High School Class of 1967.Susie was a blessing to our class by being there.
Phil and family, I just now received word of Suzie's passing. My heart is broken. My deepest condolences and prayers for you all and Prayers for the repose of her soul. She was always so very kind to me.
Dear Phil and Family..I do understand. Difficult times but also time now, and much more in the future, to remember those special fun times you shared. I am a firm believer you will share those times again. It takes time but day by day those special memories will surface more and more, and bring a smile to your face, promise.Thinking about you..Dick
I didnâ€™t see Her often or know her well but always felt blessed when I did run into her because she was so caring and interested and a joy to be around. Prayers for the family.
Sorry for your loss.
There are no words to ease this pain. She will be missed by many. Prayers of comfort and strength.
Phil, My deepest condolences to you & your family. Continued prayers to you all.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. She was such a lovely lady!
In my prayers
You are all in my thoughts & prayers
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Laura
As many have said Susie was a wonderful person and I feel privileged to have known her
Loving thoughts and Prayers for you, Elizabeth and your entire family. This is a great loss for all who knew your precious Mother. She was a friend to all who met her. May Our Heavenly Father Hold and Comfort in this time of grief....Love, Linda
So very sorry for your loss. Susie was always so sweet and loved her family dearly. Prayers for comfort to you all.ðŸ™ðŸ’”
My condolences to her girls and the rest of the family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mary Ann and family,May happy memories of your sweet Susie surround you with peace and comfort at this time. She was always such a sweet and kind soul. I know she will be greatly missed by all.
I wanted to let know that my children and I are thinking of your family .
Phil, so sorry Susan was kind, loving lady. She will be sorely missed. I remember she loved to read and was in a book club with Martha Sue.
Our hearts are heavy in learning of your loss. Susie was such a sweetheart. Always soft spoken, kind and caring. She never failed to ask about our family when we saw her. She & Richard would always reminisce about their school days, as they graduated together. We are lifting your all up in prayer for strength, courage & peace today and in the days to come.In His love......
I will always remember that sweet friend of mine at BHS. She was such a light in my life!!! Mary Ann and family you have my deepest condolences. Heaven has gained another angel!! I know she is enjoying her mom and dad and others who are there. God bless.
Jim and I are heartbroken to learn of Susie's passing. So many memories have flooded my thoughts, especially precious times of sharing girl talk in our dorm rooms at Hendrix. Love to you Phil, Mary Ann and all of the family. Kaki and Jim Kinard
Phil,I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.
So sorry to hear this. Prayers for your familyâ¤ï¸
So sorry to hear of your loss we had been friends for years.Love to your Family
Susieâ€™s sweet spirit will always be remembered in her precious daughters. We have so many wonderful memories of her kindness to our children when we first moved to Batesville. Prayer for all her family.
So sorry, Phil. Susie was a kind person to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
So many happy memories going all the way back to Central Elementary/Girl Scout days. Susie was a precious friend. Whispering prayers for the Farris family. Becky Milum Richman
Lucy and Family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. All our love, Don and Raye Jean
Pete and I are greatly saddened at the loss of this beautiful and loving friend. Susie had a beautiful spirit and brightened the places she graced. She will be so missed.
Phil,You and your family are in Mary Kay and my thoughts and prayers.She was a sweetheart and great classmate.Arch and Mary kay
I'm so sorry. Susie always had a smile and a kind word. She will be very missed prayers for your family love yall all !
Phil so sorry to hear about Susie she was such a sweet person to everyone. Prayers to you and the girls
Was so sorry to learn of Susie's passing. I have known her for 55+years. She was always a friend and always wore a smile. My heart goes out to Phillip and family. Mary and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry. So hard to believe. My thoughts and prayers will be with the whole family during this most trying time. Keep the faith. Be there for one another.
I am deeply sorry to learn of Susieâ€™s passing. She always wore a big smile and made you feel welcomed and loved. Rest knowing she is at peace and her love lives on in each and all of you. Iâ€™m so sorry. Sending love and hugs from New York.