Ellen Rosalie Farmer
December 14, 1934 – June 2, 2019
Ellen Rosalie Farmer, 84, of Waldorf, Maryland passed away quietly on June 2, 2019. She was born December 14, 1934 in Olney, Maryland. She grew up in Beltsville, Maryland and graduated from North Western High School in 1952. Afterward, she met her future husband , Douglas Clifford Farmer of Anniston, Alabama, and they were married on September 17, 1955. During their marriage, they lived in Maryland, Hawaii, and Florida before finally settling in Waldorf, Maryland. A loving full-time mother and working professional, Ellen excelled at both. Her family was the pride and joy of her life. Ellen's professional career in Federal Civil Service took her across the United States, as well as to overseas locations such as Panama. She served as the only female member of inspection teams that visited nearly every major United States Air Force installation in the western hemisphere, and was included in the Who's Who of America of influential professional women. Ellen retired from Federal Service in 1997 at the grade of GS-13 after nearly 30 years of faithful and honorable service. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of LaPlata, Maryland for many years. Ellen's hobbies included cooking, traveling, and birdwatching. Her husband Douglas was an avid birdhouse builder, often remaking: " if you build them, they will come", and Ellen was cited by the National Audubon Society as being instrumental in helping bring bluebirds back to Southern Maryland. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years Douglas C. Farmer in 2017. She is survived by her daughter Melanie Lee LaPierre, formerly of Massachusetts, and her son Michael Douglas Farmer of Dayton, Ohio. Interment will be at Maryland Veteran's Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland on June 11 at 10:15AM.
Remember me when I am gone away Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you planned: Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.