Ann Jenkins Farmer, 82, passed away peacefully May 10, 2022 surrounded by her daughters and beloved husband.
Ann brought energy and passion to all she did. Most recently, she devoted her time to volunteer work as the President of Third World Books, and the Chair of the Global Mission Action Group partnering with Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO Literacy). She was also a member of Armed Services Outreach and the Eliza Backus Guild at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. In addition, she and Harry volunteered at Hospice Ridgewood of Visiting Nurse Service in Akron and Kids in Need Resource Center in Cleveland for many years. She served on the Florence Crittenton Fund Advisory committee for the Cleveland Foundation. Through many channels, she actively sought grants and advocated for literacy and health programs. Even after complications from back surgery and a serious infection this spring, she was organizing book donations.
Ever curious and adventuresome, Ann traveled the world. She visited her daughters when they studied and worked in Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Russia. Ann established professional contacts for these trips deepening the experience. She and Harry traveled the globe visiting Hawaii, China, Russia, Thailand, Cambodia, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Panama Canal, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. In January they enjoyed their annual relaxing getaway to Mexico. She made meaningful connections and memories wherever she ventured.
Born March 3, 1940, Ann was the eldest daughter of the late Edward Charles Jenkins, MD and Dorothy Longbrake Jenkins Roberts. Raised in Delaware, Ohio, Ann attended National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1958. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She started her career at University Hospitals in Cleveland and taught at St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. After returning for an additional master's degree in Community Health, she became a beloved school nurse for Shaker Heights Schools (Woodbury, Fernway and Lomond Schools) and held a Clinical Faculty appointment to FPB/CWRU for twenty years. Throughout her life she remained active as an alumna of both National Cathedral School and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
Ann is survived by:
Harry L. Farmer (husband)
Katie Oestermeyer Kosobud (daughter) and Kevin Kosobud (husband)
Caroline Oestermeyer Todd (daughter) and Scott Todd (husband)
Siblings: Patricia Jenkins Roberts, the late Barbara Jenkins Stautzenbach, Martha Jenkins Murphy, Mary Jenkins Ford, Edward Charles Jenkins II and many nieces and nephews.
Grandchildren: Olivia Kosobud, Taylor Kosobud, Graham Kosobud, and Jeremy Todd
Step daughter Mimi Dynys (late Fred), Step son Robert Farmer (Susan), and the late Raymond Farmer (Lisa)
Step Grandchildren: Michael (Lauren), Steven (Marissa), Amy (Mark), Anne (Scott), Kim (Chad), Christopher (Danielle), Lindsey (Oliver), Heather (Matt), David (Sarah).
Step great grandchildren: Scarlett, Giselle, Gabriel, Isaac, Elijah, Ben, Sam, Shain, Nickales, Kali, Rylee Jean, and Mia
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Two memorial Services will be held:
Friday, June 17th at 11:00am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) with a reception to follow hosted by the Eliza Backus Guild
Saturday, June 18th at 11:00am at Laurel Lake (Hudson, Ohio).
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:
Central American Medical Outreach Inc. (CAMO)
322 Westwood Avenue
Orrville, Ohio, 44667
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Alumni Relations and Development
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106-4904
National Cathedral School, Development Office
3612 Woodley Road NW,
Washington, DC 20016