Elwood Resident: Sheli Farr, age 31 (1981-2013)

Shelli Farr, 31, of Elwood, Nebraska, died Thursday, January 17th, 2013, at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska.

Shelli was born August 9th, 1981, at Holdrege, Nebraska, to Floyd and Elaine (Pfeiffer) Farr. Since birth, Shelli faced a host of physical challenges, including a significant hearing deficiency. Shelli attended Walnut Junior High in Grand Island, Nebraska, where she learned and quickly latched on to sign language. She became so adept at sign language that she eventually ended up in Hastings, teaching other children how to sign. Shelli went on to graduate from Elwood High School with the class of 2001.

Following high school, Shelli worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide at several care facilities, including the Elwood Care Center and the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, Nebraska. Despite her myriad of health problems, Shelli devoted her life to the care of others. Because she suffered pain daily, she always felt a sense of empathy for the people that she cared for throughout her career. She lovingly cared for those around her until May of 2010, when she experienced a debilitating stroke that led to several other complications and forced her to stop working.

Shelli had a caring heart and despite all of the adversity in her life, she never stopped trying to make a difference in people’s lives. She lived each day as though it could be her last one; and as a result, she was passionate about everything she did. She loved spending time with her animals, particularly her dogs. She also enjoyed music and despite her hearing loss, was an extremely gifted musician from an early age. Shelli was also a proud Husker football fan and tried to represent her favorite team every chance she had which included wearing her Husker jersey and jewelry while lying in a hospital bed. She had a very special relationship with her family, and will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Shelli was preceded in death by her daughter, Natalie Ann Farr; her father, Floyd; maternal grandparents, Cornelius and Ida Pfeiffer; paternal grandparents, Bill and Velma Farr; uncle, Kenneth Farr; aunt, Lois Pfeiffer; and a cousin, Cristy Niemeier.

Survivors include her mother, Elaine Farr of Elwood; sister, Ronda (Brett) Whittaker of Eustis, Nebraska; four aunts, Marilyn (Robert) Schneider of Elwood, Dolores (Art) Oelkers of Elwood, Ardella (Duane) Brand of Holdrege, Nebraska, Dorthea (LaMoyne) Pfeiffer of Elwood; four uncles, Lloyd (Erma) Pfeiffer, Alvin (Isabelle) Pfeiffer, Lyle Pfeiffer all of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Dale (Pat) Pfeiffer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be held on Monday, January 21st, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood with the Reverend David Dobbertien officiating. Burial was in the West Salem Cemetery south of Elwood.

A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.


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