Glenetta Betty Farrell's life was celebrated Sunday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
The long-time resident of South Laguna died at her home Oct. 10. She was 79.
"Her life was a remarkably deep and rare combination of rich culture and compassion for the needy," son-in-law Rolland Edward Baker said.
A dedicated teacher, Farrell directed a Montessori School after graduating from college where she studied literature and education. She taught English to Mexican friends whom she met while at the ranch in Baja California where she and her husband, James Moies Farrell, had a second home for 20 years.
She is remembered with affection by Mozambican children she taught during a six-month visit in 2007 with her elder daughter Heidi Gayle Baker, who directs Iris Ministries with her husband.
Farrell bequeathed her love of teaching to her younger daughter, Diane Cwieka, who is on the staff at Annaliese School.
A native Californian, Glenetta Schacht was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Redding. The Farrells married in 1952. After she was widowed, Farrell returned to Laguna where she spent the rest of her life — at least when wasn't traveling, which was one of the great loves of her life.