Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

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Charlene Farris

December 10, 1944January 9, 2020

Charlene Farris (Ida Charlene Hall), 75, loving Mother, Grandmother (Sittee), Master Gardener, seamstress, artist, and talented cook passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Charlene was born on December 10th, 1944 in Delhi, Louisiana to Gloria Lee Hearn and Charles Payton Hall. She moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1950 and graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in 1963. She attended San Antonio College and then later went to work in the Civilian Personnel Office at HQ Brook Army Medical Center. She married in 1965 and had two daughters, Carrie Najim Matthiesen and Christine Najim Ray. She was a homemaker for many years, taught sewing at Bernina and later went to work for USAA.

When she was a child her family vacationed frequently at Inks Lake State Park. This started her love of the outdoors that ultimately led to her becoming a certified Texas Master Naturalist. She loved camping, especially at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde National Park. She volunteered weekly at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in the Herbarium working in the seed lab. This tied in perfectly with her love for anthropology and genealogy.

She is preceded in death by her father Charles Peyton Hall of Delhi, Louisiana, her mother Gloria Lee Hearn, stepfather Joseph Hamilton Farris and her half-brother Leon Ed Farris, all of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her children, Carrie Najim Matthiesen (Jay) of Dallas, Texas, and Christine Najim Ray (Corey) of Austin, Texas; beloved Sittee to Cole, Campbell, Lila and Kate. Plans for a celebration of Charlene’s life to be held in the next few months is underway. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Charlene to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Follow the link below, choose “memorial” and then enter “Charlene Farris”:



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Marilyn McLeod

January 15, 2020

My dear friend Betty Korts introduced me to Charlene and what a sweet gift that was. I enjoyed my friendship with Charlene immensely. She was so knowledgable on many diverse topics and just a lot of fun to spend time with. I loved to hear her laugh. The reality of her death leaves me with a heavy heart. My deepest condolences to all of her loved ones. We've lost an exceptional lady!

Betty Korts

January 15, 2020

The first time I met Charlene, when I started volunteering at the Wildflower Center, there was that rare and wonderful instant connection. We just "clicked" and it got stronger and closer as time went by. We began to see each other outside of the Center and had many great and fun adventures together. Such friends are a precious gift in life. My heart is hurting and there will be big hole in it until we meet again.

Wendy Marquardt

January 15, 2020

When I moved to Cottage Court, Charlene was the first person to greet me and bring me a delicious treat she baked herself! Her beautiful smile and kindness were unforgettable! When I think of her I hear her laughter and remember her amazing garden and exquisite birds and the lovely chats we shared. She was an infinitely brilliant woman and every time we talked, she taught me something! I look forward to The Celebration of Her Life...because it was a life well lived...and she has given her daughters, Chrissy and Carrie, both the humanity and the magic to carry forward all of her grace, her kindness and her class.

Ann Knoebel

January 15, 2020

Chrissy ~ Jon sent me the notice of your mother’s death. I am so sorry for you and your family. I do vividly remember how everyone loved being at your house and how gracious and welcoming your mom was to all your friends. Charlene was my friend and I missed her after she moved. I do know she was so very proud of her two beautiful daughters! Sending you fond love and sympathy.
Ann (Verhaeghe) Knoebel.