Margaret Farmer was born in Chilton County, Alabama to the late Fred Sullivan and the late Elsie Taylor Sullivan on February 10, 1940. She was the 8th of 9 children. All of her siblings preceded her in death: Bernice Sullivan, Freddie Lee Sullivan, Jessie James Sullivan, Mary Sullivan Evans, Joseph Sullivan, Geneva Sullivan Andrews, Lillian Sullivan Rivers, and Dorothy Joe Sullivan James.
Margaret gave her life to Christ at an early age and joined the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Maplesville, Alabama. In 1957, she left Alabama to seek employment in New York City. There she met Jerome Farmer and they were united in holy matrimony in 1958, a union in which they had one daughter and two sons. For many years she was a faithful member of Isabel Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York and then Hollis Congregational Church, located in Hollis, N.Y. Later in life, she and Jerome moved back to her roots in Maplesville where she fellowshipped with churches within the community until her health began to fail. She and Jerome moved to Pelham, Alabama where she remained until late 2021, at which time she moved to Coopertown, Tennessee to live with her daughter and son-in-law because of her failing health.
Margaret had a love of learning and was a lifelong learner. She graduated from Chilton Country Training School at the age of 16. She spent a year at Tuskegee College, majoring in education before she decided to move to New York City. Several years later she returned to school, attending City College of New York City, obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Special Education, and completed all of her coursework towards a Doctorate Degree in Education. She taught in a private school and later worked as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education, a profession from which she retired.
Margaret had many interests. She was a member of the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority for many years until she returned to Alabama. She enjoyed bowling, taking cruises with Jerome, playing word games and puzzles, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and raising house plants.
Jerome preceded Margaret in death after 63 years of marriage.
Margaret departed from this life peacefully on the morning of February 10, 2022 while at Hillcrest Healthcare, located in Ashland City, Tennessee. Her precious memories will forever be cherished by one daughter, Rita (Herman) Davis of Coopertown, Tennessee, Two sons Marvin (Zilla) Farmer of Jamaica, New York; and Gerald Farmer of Chicago Heights, Illinois, One step-son Tyrone Farmer of Elmhurst, New York, Three grandsons: Michael (Amanda) Cumberbatch; Jared (Laura) Cumberbatch; and Jemal (Takia) Farmer. Five granddaughters: Montricia (Vidale) Glenn-Cothran; Ashantia Rhoomes; Brittany Farmer; Antaisia Farmer; and Aisia Farmer, five great-grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.
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