Dorothy Frances (James) Farmer, 87, Whittier, and past resident and birth home of Miami, Fla., passed away on Friday, Nov. 2 following an extended illness and a brief stay on Hospice care while at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.
Dorothy was the daughter of the late Robert William James and Lydia Frances (Holland) James. She was a member First Presbyterian of Sylva and a past member of Riverside Baptist of Miami. Dorothy graduated Miami High School in 1949 and then attended Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. She later married Walter Lewis Farmer in 1952 and lived a good life celebrating the birth of their children and a long marriage for more than 65 years. She was a loving homemaker for their family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She lived a full life and will be missed by those she leaves behind.
Along with her husband Lewis she is survived by her children, sons, James Walter Farmer of Whittier, Charles Thomas Farmer of Jacksonville, Fla., Richard Alan Farmer of Orlando, Fla. and daughter, Lydia Frances Farmer Hobday of Derry Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Along with her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by a brother, Robert William James Jr.
A planned Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Chapel of Long House Funeral Home in Cherokee. The service will be ministered by Pastor Blake Daniels of First Presbyterian Church, Sylva, and music will be performed by Balfour and Carol Anne Knight of the Balsam Community. Future plans will take Dorothy back home to Miami where she and husband will rest among the family.
Friends of the Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements of Dorothy.