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We're committed to you through life's transitions


Each team member brings a wealth of career and life experience to the table.  Each is dedicated to being available for the personal and practical needs of each client over the long haul.  The hallmark of Partners for Transitions is the ‘partnership’ - the relationship formed and forged through working together to plan for your future.


Shary Farr

In 1977, Shary Farr began working with terminally ill  patients and their families, helping with end-of-life issues.  Since then, she has continued to help individuals and families with aging, illness and end of life challenges. 

Shary has created several programs which provide preparation and partnership for clients and their families as they experience the transitions of life.  By planning ahead, we can ease difficult times for ourselves and those who care for us.

Shary serves on the Board of the Hospice Giving Foundation and is a frequent speaker on end of life issues.

Shary and her husband, Congressman Sam Farr (retired), live in Carmel, California. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

1980— Created “Second Growth,” seminars dealing with the emotional and financial issues of being widowed.

1985— Initiated the position of Financial Resources Consultant for Pacific Western Bank.

1986— Received the American Bankers Association Award for “efforts to enhance the image of the business of banking.”

1989— Received the “Women Helping Women” Award from Soroptimists Int'l of the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel.

1992— Served as Life Planning Specialist for Hospice of the Central Coast.

1997— Created “Family Matters” Program for Monterey Federal Credit Union.

1998— Served as Life Planning Specialist for Hospice Foundation.

2001— Helped establish “Conversation with Life”– Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

2002— Named One of Ten Outstanding Women of Monterey County by the Commission on the Status of Women.

2008— Established Partners for Transitions: Providing Planning, Guidance and Partnership for Aging, Illness and End-of-Life.

2016Received the Bending the Arc Award from the Monterey County Democrats.

2016— Named the Distinguished Honoree in Philanthropy by the Hospice Giving Foundation. 

2017Joined the Hospice Giving Foundation Board of Directors.


Michelle Rico Wilsdon

Michelle Rico Wilsdon understands the importance and necessity of working closely with clients to establish a comprehensive plan that will follow them through the transitions of life.  Not only does a plan set clients at ease, but also their families and loved ones know exactly what their wishes are now and going forward.

Although Michelle has experience in teaching, marketing and sales, the work she treasures most, is helping individuals to live independently and safely in their own homes.  Prior to moving back home to Carmel in 2015, she was a Care Coordinator for a homecare agency in Seattle, Washington.  As a Certified Senior Advisor, she has the pleasure of working closely with her clients and their families, managing care.  

Michelle and her husband Scott are enjoying being “empty nesters” and rediscovering the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.  Besides hiking and exploring, they enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.


Letters For Leaving Love Behind After You Die

February 14, 2018


Advance Directives and Spelling Out Your Wishes

October 14, 2017


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Peer Profile: Shary Farr and
Partners for Transitions

January 31, 2021


Shary Farr has never been afraid of life’s big certainties

May 16, 2019


How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice

March 6, 2019

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