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Senator Farmer, District 34 — Press Release


September 10, 2021

CONTACT: Jake Flaherty, (850) 487-5034

Senator Farmer Recalls the Love and Legacy of His Mother Jo Ann Farmer Upon Her Passing

On September 7 God called one of his angels on earth, Jo Ann Patricia Farmer, to join him in heaven with her mother, father, two sisters and many other friends and family.   Jo Ann passed away peacefully that day with her husband Gary, son Gary Jr. & brother John Hines at her side.  The following is a statement from Jo Ann’s son, State Senator Gary Farmer, Jr., on his mother’s passing:

“Mom was born in Chicago, IL in 1944 and moved to Florida with her parents Robert & Helen Hines, sisters Delores “Dee Dee” Shields, Gail Otto, and brother John Hines where she eventually met her to-be husband, the Honorable Judge Gary Farmer, who had just returned from service in Korea with the Marine Corp.  Throughout her life Jo Ann exhibited and shared the most loving & caring of spirits.  After careers in banking and as office manager for her husband’s law firm, she found her true calling in social work.  At age 60 she achieved her Masters’ degree in Social Work, and she later spent seven years working with Hospice of Palm Beach County.  Both through her constant attentive oversight over her entire extended family and through her social work & Hospice care to so many others, Jo Ann touched hundreds if not thousands of lives, always delivering love and affection with her contagious smile.

"There are people in this world, and then there are people who make this world a better place, people who share and deliver love, joy and positive energy wherever they go.  Mom was the epitome of the latter.  No matter what, she always sought to help others.  Throughout every phase of my life, Mom’s love for me and my family has never wavered.  She taught me - and lived by example - empathy, compassion and a caring spirit.  As I grapple with the reality of this pain, which is so intense, I try to remind myself that the loss of a loved one, particularly a parent, is never really absolute.  She taught me - and lived by example - empathy, compassion and a caring spirit. 

"Despite the immediate feeling of overwhelming grief that comes with losing her far too soon, the love that Mom showed for my family and me remains constant as it lives on in us and so many others today.  Through her love and kindness Mom shaped my sister Linda and me into the people we are today, and I know that her light reflects brightly through all the lives she touched over her 77 years.  She was especially proud of and loved her granddaughters Hannah & Abby.  Mom always took great pride in her family, and I know that as we carry her in our hearts she will always be with us, by our sides providing strength and, most of all, unconditional love.”

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on September 23 at Horizon Funeral Home, 4650 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064.  The following day, Sep. 24, she will be remembered at a mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lighthouse Point.  Attendance at the Memorial Service is for family & close friends, but it will be streamed live on Facebook and a link will be provided in the coming days.  All are welcome for the mass.  She will later be inurned at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery on a date TBD.