In memory of
Dorothy Ruth Farmer
In memory of
Dorothy Ruth Farmer
Farmer, Dorothy Ruth 2/24/1927 - 1/6/2020 Ypsilanti, MI Dorothy Ruth Farmer's life of adventure began on February 24, 1927 and ended on January 6 at age 92. Born in Detroit to DPS teachers Laura Mae (special education) and Cecil Dwight Mattoon (shop), she lived a life of delight until her dad died and the Great Depression began in 1929. Orphaned at age 13, she lived with her widowed aunt Anna Johnson to stay close to friends and the "adorable" boy across the street and love of her life Donald Richard Farmer. Don and "Dottie" married when she was 18 and he 20, a pilot in the Army Air Corp. During their 74 years of marriage, she and Don traveled the world together in their Seabee airplane, boat "Butterfly II", friend's boat "Windsong", as well as by commercial planes, boats and trains. Dorothy had fond memories of meeting Princess Alexandra of England in a swimming pool full of gardenias in a remote Mexican village; canoeing the Orinoco River with locals to Angel Falls in Venezuela; riding a camel to Abu Simbel, Egypt before it was flooded by the construction of the Aswan Dam. They were snowbirds to Mexico and then to Hawaii, finally settling permanently in Waikiki. Dorothy loved Hawaiian culture. She studied and danced hula for over 30 years with her teacher and friend, the extraordinary Puake'ala Malakaua Mann (Pua) of Halau Hula O Maiki. Dorothy was most proud of helping found the Fraser Public Library in the historic but abandoned St. John's Lutheran Church school building in 1964, infusing it with new life before historic preservation was popular. She was pleased to see Cranbrook Gardens named to the Top 10 Gardens in America in 1983, during her fourth and final year as Chair of the Cranbrook Auxiliary Gardeners. Dorothy was also happy to receive a copyright for "Honey's Song", which she wrote in honor of her beloved Borzoi Vala Ramas Taste of Honey. Dorothy is survived by her husband Donald; daughter Cheryl Christine Farmer MD, and daughter Kathryn Ann Becker; Grandsons: Brett Becker(Rebecca) and Kevin Becker (Kathleen); Grandaughter Brianne Pawloski (Pete); great grandchildren Claire, Aiden and Lilith. She is also survived by her lifelong, dearest friend Mary Micus RN. Dorothy has graciously donated her body to the MSU College of Human Medicine. A memorial will be planned at a later date. Donations may be made toward The Children's Heart Foundation https://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/ The family would be especially pleased to hear any stories you'd like to share via mail, c/o Cheryl Farmer, 214 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
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In memory of
Dorothy Ruth Farmer
Farmer, Dorothy Ruth 2/24/1927 - 1/6/2020 Ypsilanti, MI Dorothy Ruth Farmer's life of adventure began on February 24, 1927 and ended on January 6 at age 92. Born in Detroit to DPS teachers Laura Mae (special education) and Cecil Dwight Mattoon (shop), she lived a life of delight until her dad died and the Great Depression began in 1929. Orphaned at age 13, she lived with her widowed aunt Anna Johnson to stay close to friends and the "adorable" boy across the street and love of her life Donald Richard Farmer. Don and "Dottie" married when she was 18 and he 20, a pilot in the Army Air Corp. During their 74 years of marriage, she and Don traveled the world together in their Seabee airplane, boat "Butterfly II", friend's boat "Windsong", as well as by commercial planes, boats and trains. Dorothy had fond memories of meeting Princess Alexandra of England in a swimming pool full of gardenias in a remote Mexican village; canoeing the Orinoco River with locals to Angel Falls in Venezuela; riding a camel to Abu Simbel, Egypt before it was flooded by the construction of the Aswan Dam. They were snowbirds to Mexico and then to Hawaii, finally settling permanently in Waikiki. Dorothy loved Hawaiian culture. She studied and danced hula for over 30 years with her teacher and friend, the extraordinary Puake'ala Malakaua Mann (Pua) of Halau Hula O Maiki. Dorothy was most proud of helping found the Fraser Public Library in the historic but abandoned St. John's Lutheran Church school building in 1964, infusing it with new life before historic preservation was popular. She was pleased to see Cranbrook Gardens named to the Top 10 Gardens in America in 1983, during her fourth and final year as Chair of the Cranbrook Auxiliary Gardeners. Dorothy was also happy to receive a copyright for "Honey's Song", which she wrote in honor of her beloved Borzoi Vala Ramas Taste of Honey. Dorothy is survived by her husband Donald; daughter Cheryl Christine Farmer MD, and daughter Kathryn Ann Becker; Grandsons: Brett Becker(Rebecca) and Kevin Becker (Kathleen); Grandaughter Brianne Pawloski (Pete); great grandchildren Claire, Aiden and Lilith. She is also survived by her lifelong, dearest friend Mary Micus RN. Dorothy has graciously donated her body to the MSU College of Human Medicine. A memorial will be planned at a later date. Donations may be made toward The Children's Heart Foundation https://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/ The family would be especially pleased to hear any stories you'd like to share via mail, c/o Cheryl Farmer, 214 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
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Janowiak Funeral Home Inc. - Ypsilanti
320 N. Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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