Evangelist Coreen C. Farmer departed this life on Friday, April 9, 2021. She was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, on December 25, 1953. She immigrated to the United States at age 14.
She married Anthony Farmer in 1975, and the two raised three children: David, Jennifer, and Sabrina. Following the birth of her children, she sought citizenship in the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1984. At different turns, she has been a homemaker, a government worker, a paralegal, a cosmetologist, and a minister. Heavily devoted to her church, she engaged until the very end. At turns, regardless of what was going on in her body, she would lapse into a prayer or a sermon, working hard to encourage all whom she engaged.
Nothing was more important to Evangelist Farmer than her relationship with God. She took delight in ministering to persons wounded in spirit. Wherever she went, she found someone to encourage, often telling strangers and friends alike that Jesus loved them. A consistent example of what it means to live a life sold out to Christ, Evangelist Farmer inspired many.
While her earthly body was afflicted with many illnesses, her spiritual body was whole. Her passing means she no longer has to receive dialysis treatment or make the rounds to numerous doctors and specialists. In the end, she suffered. Today, she is resting in the arms of Jesus.
She is preceded in death by her father Alphonso Bishop, grandmother Patricia and granddaughter Kendall Caitlin Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Joyce; brother, Everton; half siblings (Paul, Jemma and Joy); three children (David, Jennifer and Sabrina); 11 grandchildren (Janay, David Anthony, Renee, Isaiah, Cameron, Jamariah, Armani, Ashante, Anthony, Noah and Maya); ex-husband Anthony Farmer; and a host of family and friends.
Our family extends a special thanks to Bobby and Vondalere Lawson and to Mrs. Toni Everett (and her husband Danny Everett), who was a companion to mom. Ms. Toni took care of mom for many years, accompanying her to many appointments and looking after her as if she was her own flesh and blood. Ms. Toni was a representation of God’s grace, love and patience, and we are grateful for her sacrifice and service. She loved our mother unconditionally!
Similarly, the family extends heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Mark White, Dr. Joseph Shehadi and Dr. Vincent Guinn, who were angels in uniform, advocating for our mother when she was unable to advocate for herself and caring for her as though she were their own mother. In our time of bereavement, we are also appreciative of Dr. Healy; nurses Patty, Deanna and Juanita; and the entire medical team at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital who lovingly attended to our mom in her final days. They also comforted us, her children, as she was transitioning. We also thank our beautiful Aunt Gayle and all of our cousins, who have supported us and are supporting us during these difficult times. Finally, we thank our mom’s longtime church family at Evangelic Gospel Tabernacle Church and Pastor Rodney Porter. Thank you for loving her and wrapping your arms around her.
We know that our mother was a friend to many and enjoyed the friendship of many. We thank you even if we do not know your name and story.
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