SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The unexpected death of a woman a week ago has shocked and saddened her family, but now they are turning their unimaginable grief into a silver lining for the Utahns in need.
Heather Farr died on August 18 at her home in Salt Lake City. She was only 42 years old.
“Just the best friend,” older sister Robin Lally told ABC4 News on Wednesday. “She’s the one person you could say anything to and you knew she would be there to support you, so I will miss that the most… Heather was absolutely wonderfully unique.” She was beautiful. She was incredibly smart. She was kind, but what was most striking about Heather was that she had a really tender heart.
Robin and Heather were less than two years apart and had a really tough time growing up.
“When Heather and I were teenagers, there were times our family didn’t have food. There were days when we were hungry, ”said Lally. “We were just trying to find excuses for why we weren’t hungry or you know we forgot our lunch, things like that, but the truth was stark. We didn’t have the option of buying food.
Eventually, a local pantry stepped in to help the family.
“I remember how amazing it was when we finally got food and knew there was more where it was coming from,” Lally said. “Just the relief and the joy we felt to have this support and kindness. It really is an important part of our lives that we both have reflected on often.
Amidst their shock and grief, Heather’s family decided to do something in her honor: donate $ 100,000 to the Utah Food Bank so that the strangers they never have met and will never meet could have the same feeling that Heather and Robin had when these boxes arrived.
“We know Heather would just be thrilled. She would be excited, ”Lally said. “I think she would just say ‘This is wonderful’… I think she would say to the people of Utah like ‘Thanks for being my friend and I appreciate you’ and ‘I’m just glad my family has could help out. ‘”
In addition to Robin, Heather is survived by her parents, two older brothers and a younger sister as well as four nephews and a niece.
To learn more about the Utah Food Bank, visit: https://www.utahfoodbank.org/