by Mary-Ann Brandon
LA VETA — Cuchara treasure Maxine Farber sat erect in a chair in front of a standing room only crowd at the La Veta Library on Sunday afternoon. Smiling sweetly at the crowd of admirers, she began by profusely thanking everyone for coming to hear her talk about her extraordinary life of 98 years.
Maxine spoke of the tragic loss of her only brother in WWII and her move to New York City where she pursued a career as a jazz singer. She wound up on the vaudeville stage and later as a singer with Ted Lewis before giving up her career in showbiz to eventually become a social worker.
Her late husband — love of her life and father of her children — Reg Farber, was a trumpet player who met and married Maxine within three months of their first date. Six months later he was shipped overseas keeping the newlyweds separated for nearly three years.
Her two daughters, both now in their 60’s, remain close. Her face lit up at the mention of their names.
When asked if she had any advice for the younger generation she replied, “I certainly do!” When the crowd’s laughter died down she took a pause and offered the following sage wisdom; “Always tell the truth, be honest with yourself.”
Readers who want to know more about her story will find a more comprehensive account by visiting the Huerfano World Journal archives online at the following address: http://www.huerfanojournal.com/node/2517
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