Augusta Elizabeth Saul Edwards Farrier, 98, of Brandon Oaks Retirement Community in Roanoke, Va., passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016. Born on February 20, 1918, she was the daughter of John Peter Saul Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Hufford Saul of Salem, Va.Known by her friends and family as Gussie or Gigi, she graduated salutatorian from Andrew Lewis High School in 1935 and from Sweet Briar College in 1939 with an A.B. degree, majoring in music (piano).She was the widow of Judge Richard Thomas Edwards II, of Roanoke, and her second husband, Frank Fulton Farrier Jr. of Salem, Va. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Louise Hunt (Mrs. Keith K. Hunt) of Salem, Va., John Peter Saul III of Vienna, Va., and Robert Davidson Saul of Salem, Va.; her son-in-law, E.O. "Andy" Anderson III of Charlotte, N.C.; her granddaughter, Clarissa Virginia Edwards Noland of Roanoke, Va; and her granddaughter-in-law, Tracey Meredith Edwards of Washington's Crossing, Pa.She is survived by her children, Dr. Richard Thomas Edwards III, and his wife, Mary Evelyn "Ebbie" Evans Edwards of Daleville, Va., Senator John Saul Edwards and his wife, Catherine "Cathye" Dabney Edwards of Roanoke, Va., and Elizabeth "Betsy" Augusta Edwards Anderson of Charlotte, N.C.She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Edwards of Washington's Crossing, Pa., Jocelyn Augusta Edwards Hufnell (Robert) of Richmond, Va., Evans Greenwood Edwards (Anne) of Roanoke, Va., John "Jack" Saul Edwards Jr., (Kelley) of Houston, Texas, Dabney Elizabeth Edwards Graney (Patrick) of Charleston, W.Va., Catherine Lewis Edwards of Roanoke, Va., Charles Shober Anderson (Susan) of New York, N.Y., Claire Elizabeth Anderson Marston (Christopher) of Charlotte, N.C., and the Rev. Caroline Edwards Anderson Jinkins (Jeremy) of Virginia Beach, Va. In addition, she is survived by 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family, all of whom she adored.She had an enormous love of people and her family was the center of her life. As the Proclamation by the Mayor of Roanoke noted on the occasion of her 95th birthday, she was "known for her love of people, her delightful, outgoing sunny personality, her warmth and her love for her family and many friends."She was named Roanoke's Mother of the Year for Family Life in 1959. She remains Roanoke's youngest First Lady as her husband, Richard T. Edwards, was Roanoke's then youngest Mayor from 1946 to 1948.She loved music and the arts. She enjoyed playing her piano until very recent years. She was a longtime patron of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, serving on the auxiliary board, and was a founding member of the Roanoke Arts Council.She was a member of the State Library Board, the Garden Club of Virginia, a sustaining member of the Junior League, and the Roanoke Country Club where she enjoyed playing tennis with her friends for many years.She was a loyal and faithful member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church for over 70 years.The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff and caregivers at Brandon Oaks and to Good Samaritan Hospice.A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, following a private interment at Evergreen Burial Park. The family will receive visitors between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 318 W. Church Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Va.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1008 Franklin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016; Brandon Oaks, 3804 Brandon Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018, or to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


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As sad as it is to lose a fellow alumna, I love reading about the lives of Sweet Briar's graduates. These are such dynamic, gracious, intelligent ladies who spend so much of their lives serving others! Rest in peace, vixen.

Eleanor Richardson

My sincerest condolences to the family of Mrs. Farrier.One of her sons,R.Thomas Edwards, was my family physician for many years.I feel that his sweet,and caring persona was a result of his Mothers influence. She was,indeed,a wonderful lady.Eleanor R.

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