Mary Ellen Farmer

This February we lost Mary Ellen Farmer, a beloved sister, a cherished aunt and a true friend.

Mary grew up at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. When she was a small child, Mary was inspired by her great-aunt Margaret’s work as a nurse, and at an early age, Mary knew she wanted to be a nurse.

With her goal squarely in mind, Mary volunteered during high school as a Candy Striper, and she was honored with a scholarship from the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. In June 1972 Mary completed nurses’ training at Bakersfield College.

With her new degree in hand, Mary endeavored to be a part of a dynamic medical environment, relocating to Los Angeles. There she began a long career with Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Throughout her 40-plus years of nursing, Mary was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades; she cared for people in a variety of clinical settings: intensive cardiac care, the AIDS unit, clinical nursing supervisor and finally auditor of patient records at Cedars.

Mary leaves her brothers Jim (wife Julie) Farmer and Mark Farmer, sister Cathey (husband Mike) O’Connell, nephews Cullum and Brian Farmer and niece Brandi Richards to carry on in this world without Mary’s love, kindness, her wisdom, her laughter and her abundant doses of common sense. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Our Mary was a lover of birds, her cats and nature; she was kind, outspoken (... sometimes brutally so) and a lifelong fan of Bruce Springsteen.

In honor of our beloved Mary, a bench has been set in the Desert Memorial Park, Section A. Inscribed on it are the words “Everybody needs a place to rest...” taken from Springsteen’s song ‘Hungry Heart.’ Please go there, take a seat, contemplate the solitude and remember our beloved Mary. May she rest in peace.

— Submitted by the family of Mary Farmer

Story First Published: 2017-11-03