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Ann Farmer

July 4, 1928 ~ September 29, 2022 (age 94) 94 Years Old


Anna Lou McGough Farmer (Ann) was born on July 4, 1928, to the late Thomas and
Daisy (Franklin) McGough in Eufala, Alabama. She was the seventh of thirteen
children born to this union. Ann departed this life suddenly with big a smile on her
face on Thursday, September 29 th , 2022.
Ann was educated in the Eufala Public School system and graduated from Parker
High School in Birmingham, AL. She accepted Christ at an early age at Mount Moriah
AME Church in Eufala. In 1950 she married Perry Elem Sr. and relocated to Albany,
NY, together they had two children, Perry Elem Jr., and Michael Elem. She later
married Garland Farmer Jr. in 1960 with whom she had two daughters Cynthia
Francine Farmer and Linda Louisa Farmer.
Later in life Ann chose to further her education in nursing. She graduated from the
Capital Region BOCES in the LPN Program. Ann was employed in the health care
field for many years at various facilities. She retired from NYS Oswald D. Heck
Developmental Center in Schenectady, New York in 1988.
Ann was a committed, long-standing member of the Metropolitan New Testament
Mission Baptist Church, where she served on the Pastors Aid Committee, the
Metropolitan Church Choir, the Progressive 500 Club, the Host and Hostess
Committee where she was a past president, and most recently she was an active
participant in the Seasoned Saints where she enjoyed the activities and interactions
with the other saints. She was also actively involved with the Vale Neighborhood
Watch Association. For her 90 th birthday she was presented with a resolution from
the City of Schenectady in recognition for her community work.
Ann has been the recipient of several awards including The Living Legends Award
from Union Baptist Church, Senior of the Year Award from the Central Hudson
Baptist Association and the McGough family presented her with the Aged To
Perfection Award.
At one point Ann served as a lunch aide at the Lincoln Elementary School in
Schenectady where her concern for the children went beyond her job and she began
buying hats, gloves, and socks for the children as she saw their need. She went as
far as to ask her daughter Cynthia and her friends to buy items for the children.
That concern carried over into the neighborhood children where she did the same
thing for those who were in need. Some of the children would pedal their bikes over
to the house to say hi and get a cookie from their “grandmother”. There was a little
guy that lived in her neighborhood who came to check on her every day and tell her,
“I love you Mrs. Farmer”.
Ann was a caretaker for many people over the years, including two boys, who are
now grown men, who because of their affection for her called her “grandma” and
considered her grandson Omar as their true cousin. What an impact. They don’t
make people like Ann Farmer anymore.
Ann had an unending love for her family, friends and neighbors and although she
was a quiet woman you could look at the expressions on her face to read her mind.
After COVID began to slow down and things began to reopen Ann was ready to get
back to Metropolitan. It did not matter what else went on during the week and the
days seemed the same she was always keenly aware of Sunday and getting ready for
church and when she was not able to attend, she made sure that her tithes and
offerings got to church. Ann loved her pastor and made sure every year during the
height of apple picking season to get a bag of apples for him. They had to be perfect
with no marks or bruises on them.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Garland Farmer, Jr., sons Perry and
Michael Elem, her parents Tom and Daisy; seven (7) brothers-Dossie, Hugh, Tom,
Jerry, John, Charles, and Harry; and four (4) sisters-Janice McGough, Willie Graham,
Martha Haywood and Yvonne McGough.
Ann lived a good life full of love. She leaves to cherish her memory daughters,
Cynthia Farmer of Schenectady and Linda Farmer of Frederick, Maryland. Five
grandchildren, William McQueen, Ahmad Rashad Elem, Alphonso Garland Bell,
Shawn Richardson, and Omar Sterling McGill and six great grandchildren Atoria,
Christian, Ahmaje, Ahmad Rashad Jr., Kamil, Aramia. Ann leaves one sister Ann
Montgomery (Eugene) of San Tan Valley, Arizona, two sisters-in-law Dorothy
McGough of Philadelphia, PA, and Eleanor McGough of Eufala, AL., two special
grandsons Jake and Jon Ostroff and a host of nieces, nephews, dear cousins- Inez
Flanagan, Patricia Devine and Vivian Franklin and very special friends, Shirley
Wimbush, Margaret Coleman and Carolyn Daniels, to carry on her legacy.

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October 8, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Metropolitan New Testament Missionary Baptist Church
105 2nd Street
Albany, NY 12210

Funeral Service
October 8, 2022

11:00 AM
Metropolitan New Testament Missionary Baptist Church
105 2nd Street
Albany, NY 12210

Interment following funeral service
October 8, 2022

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery
2150 Central Ave
Schenectady, NY 12304


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