Anne Farr Friend

Anne Farr Friend, 83, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida after an extended illness. Anne was born January 24, 1938 in Decatur, Indiana and grew up in Elkhart, Indiana until her early teens when her father retired to Americus, Georgia as a gentleman farmer. She loved horseback riding on the farm and graduated from Americus High School. She attended Florida State University for two years on a music scholarship and joined Delta Delta Delta sorority. She left college and married Harrold Bowen of Americus in 1957 and they were married 27 years. She had two boys, Fred and Lee, and lived in Atlanta from 1959 until returning to Americus in 1976. From the mid-sixties until the mid-seventies she and the boys spent summers at the family cabin at Lake Burton, GA where Anne was a talented slalom water skier.

Anne became a full-time resident of Amelia Island, Florida in 1985. She married the love of her life, Jerry Friend, in 1987 and they were married until he passed away in 2007. She enjoyed tennis and golf and socializing with friends at Amelia Island. She was quite active at both the Amelia Plantation Chapel and First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach and served on the choir and as a wedding coordinator. Anne was a hard working, very successful real estate agent in Amelia Island from 1996 until she retired in 2015. She loved helping people buy or sell their homes and formed close friendships with many of her clients. She was a board member of and heavily involved with the Amelia Island/Nassau County Association of Realtors and was honored by that group as Realtor of the Year in 2002.

Anne contracted transverse myelitis, a very rare autoimmune disorder, in August 2016 and the cause was never determined. She bravely battled the disease and became very proficient with her wheelchair despite the fact she was paralyzed from the sternum down for the last four and a half years of her life.

Anne is survived by son, Fred Bowen and daughter-in-law, Kristin; son, Lee Bowen and daughter-in-law, Jodi; granddaughter, Kelley Bowen, and her husband, Oliver Atcheson,; sister, Kay Driscol; brother, John Farr and sister-in-law, Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel columbarium at a later date.

Obituary submitted by Lee Bowen



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