In Memory

Nancy Geoghegan

Nancy Geoghegan Farish, 54, died peacefully at her home in Columbia, S.C., on February 24, 2010, following a year-long battle with brain cancer. There will be a visitation at the Farish home on Saturday, February 27, from 4-6 p.m. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, February 28, at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia followed by a graveside service in Elmwood Cemetery.

Born October 12, 1955, in Raleigh, N.C., Nancy was a daughter of Dodge and Mabel Geoghegan. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Raleigh in 1973 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. After earning a master’s degree in education at Georgia State University, she became an English teacher and tennis coach.

Nancy never met a stranger and laughter was always center stage in her life. She was an energetic member of the local arts community and, in addition to working as an artist representative for Portraits South, she represented local artists through her own business, Nancy Farish Fine Art. Her love of visual arts fed into her enthusiasm for performing arts and she was a passionate supporter of the arts programs at Hammond School, in which her children participated. Nancy enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation and preferred to spend the majority of her time outdoors. A lifelong athlete, Nancy grew up playing competitive tennis with her father and sister and remained an avid tennis player and dedicated coach throughout her life. A member of the Columbia Garden Club, Nancy could often be found planting flowerbeds or doing yard work.

Preceding her in death was her father, George Dodge Geoghegan. She is survived by her husband, Steven Lawrence Farish; children, Margaret Dodge Farish, Anne McDonald Farish and Steven Lawrence Farish Jr.; her mother, Mabel McDonald Geoghegan of Raleigh; sister, Mabel Geoghegan Pace of Raleigh.
Memorials may be made to Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center, Young Life of Columbia or the Hammond School Endowment for the Arts