Neoma Hope Farrar Nill, age 91, quietly returned to “Robin” on a beautiful spring evening. She was born Sept. 16, 1930, at her grandparents’ home on the family ranch near Condon, Gilliam County, Oregon, the daughter of Frederic William Farrar and Marjorie Mary Cork.
Neoma loved the hills of the ranching communities in Eastern Oregon. She took care of a baby brother, read her father’s Westerns with a dictionary at hand, and “borrowed” her mother’s harmonica to begin learning. Despite multiple moves, Neoma graduated with her high school diploma from Redmond Union High. On Jan. 1, 1949, Neoma married the love of her life Robert Gordon Nill, of Clarno, Oregon. After leaving ranch life, they moved to John Day, Oregon, and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A further move put Neoma in Bend, Oregon, where she kept busy raising children and beginning college. In 1966 Neoma completed an associate’s degree from Central Oregon Community College. Following a move to Eugene, Oregon, she attended the University of Oregon and earned a bachelor of science degree by 1969. Meanwhile, Neoma continued her beloved music and sewing, learned to paint and build a house from blueprints, and became a grandma. Following her mother’s death, Neoma and Rob served a family history mission for the Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. They then moved to Tooele, Utah. They had sixty-three wonderful years together, prior to Rob’s death in 2012. With her vision completely gone, Neoma filled her days listening to audiobooks and playing the piano or harmonica.
Neoma is survived by daughter Betty (Mic) Collins, Rob (Sandy) Nill; twenty-four grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her sweetheart Rob, son David (Terri) Nill, son Jerry (Vickie) Nill, and grandson Zachary (Laura) Collins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Overlake First Ward, 220 W. 2200 North, Tooele, Utah. A livestream of the service will be available to view at the following link: my.gather.app/remember/neoma-nill-2022.