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Edna Earl Farmer

April 21, 1918 - April 22, 2017


On April 21, 1918, Edna Earl Farmer was born to the late Will and Lucy Bolden in Halls, Tennessee. Early in life, she confessed a hope in Christ and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was a faithful member and served as an usher. Mt. Zion was also where she received her education. Edna moved her family to Marked Tree, Arkansas, where she met and married John C. Farmer. To this union seven children were born. Edna and her family then relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, and later to South San Francisco, then to Menlo Park, and eventually settled in East Palo Alto, California on Emmett Way. She was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in San Mateo, California, and later joined Macedonia Baptist Church in Menlo Park, California, where she faithfully served in various positions within the church.

She loved spending time with her family, telling old family stories; and she also enjoyed taking care of children to whom she kept in contact with until she went home to be with the Lord. Edna also loved to teach her grandchildren about the bible, especially the book of Psalms. She worked for Doctor and Mrs. Robert Spitzer for over 40 years before retiring. In the community, she attended the East Palo Alto Senior Center, where she helped serve the senior community. Edna Earl was very direct, and would not hesitate to offer her opinion on anything. She would tell you exactly what she thought; she would say, “if you’re right, the Lord will fight your battle!”

To cherish her memories, she leaves her daughter, Geneva; her sons, Willie and Gary; twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, twenty-nine great-great grandchildren, and six great-great-great grandchildren. Her children, Lucille, Robert Earl, John, and Erma preceded her in death. Edna Earl will be remembered by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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