Murphy Funeral Homes


Hedy Maria Theresia Farah

June 9, 1922October 10, 2017


Hedy Maria Theresia Baumann Farah of Arlington, Virginia died peacefully on October 10, 2017 at the age of 95. Hedy was born on June 9, 1922 in Speyer, Germany, the daughter of Katharina and Heinrich Baumann. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, George Farah and her son-in-law Thomas McKean.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Farah McKean; son, Ken Farah and wife Leslie; beloved grandchildren, Sara Wilson and husband Michael, Kirby Farah, Emily McKean, and Kenneth Farah; great grandson, Ryan Wilson; devoted nieces and nephews, relatives, longtime friends, and neighbors. Hedy attended Heidelberg University. She was employed by the United States Army as a translator and clerk during and after World War II, in Germany, where she met and married George. After returning to the United States with George in 1948, Hedy worked for the Arlington County General District Court, and later as an independent computer programmer and tax accountant. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Arlington, since its inception. Hedy was a talented and productive artist. She created paintings, ceramics, sculptures and pottery that will live on forever with her family and friends. Always knitting and sewing, Hedy was continually fashioning works of art. She loved spending time with her family, and she loved spending time at her cottage in Duck, NC.

We are eternally grateful to the staff of The Village at Gordon House, Gordonsville, VA, for their excellent care, devotion, and kindness. A Memorial Service celebrating Hedy’s life will be held at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5 p.m., with visitation to follow from 6 to 8 p.m. Hedy will join George at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating, in Hedy’s memory, to a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Celebration

    Monday, November 13, 2017


Hedy Maria Theresia Farah

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November 10, 2017

My memory of Mrs. Farah is always busy with her hands, knitting while engaging in conversation. Always enjoyed the trips to the farm with Mr. and Mrs. Farah and family.

Mike Ciaburri

November 9, 2017

Hedy Farrah was a fine and highly intelligent woman. I was proud to call her a friend and client for over 30 years.

Karen Armstrong

November 8, 2017

I Loved the time I had to sit with Hedy and hold her hand. Her verbal communications were limited,but her smile said it all. I will keep those memories of Hedy with me. I pray I brought joy to her days as she did mine.

Pam Garcia

November 8, 2017

Although I never met Hedy in person I knew much about her through Karen, Sara and Emily. Love to you all and hugs- Pam and Adrian, and Fred

Ken Farah

November 7, 2017

My Mom was the driving force in my life. Her vast intelligence, critical thinking, tireless work ethic and selfless commitment to the safety and well-being of her family are to be admired and emulated by every parent. Her creativity was boundless and spanned dozens of art forms. Her art works will live on forever in the homes of her descendants forever.I love you Mom! - Ken Farah

Lillian Coontz

November 7, 2017

Although Hedy didn't talk much, she communicated with me through her kind eyes. I remember the day she arrived at Gordon House! She was always on my list for that daily hug as I passed through the lobby. I will truly miss her!