Mary Page Merritt Farmer, 98, WWII stenographer who enjoyed genealogy research

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Mary Page Merritt Farmer
Mary Page Merritt Farmer

Mary Page Merritt Farmer, of Wilmington, died Aug. 28, 2015, at the age of 98.

She was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Benjamin Acastus and Daisy Bordeaux Merritt. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Edward Farmer (Jack); sister, Frances Merritt Cox; and brother, William Worth Merritt.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Frances Farmer Alexander and husband Thomas, of Kingwood, Texas; son, Edward Merritt Farmer Sr. and wife Claudia, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; daughter, Mary Merritt Farmer, of Wilmington; grandson, Edward Merritt Farmer Jr., of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; granddaughter, Elizabeth Camille Oliver and husband Samuel, of Houston; grandson, Robert Patterson Farmer, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; great-granddaughter, Camille Margaret Oliver, of Houston; niece, Ann Hunter McLaughlin, of Raleigh; nephew, William Worth Merritt II, of Newell; and niece, Sharon Elizabeth Merritt, of Charlotte.

Mary’s life was dedicated to her family and Christ. Throughout her life, nothing made her happier than nurturing her children’s Christian walk and cooking for days in preparation for family gatherings. As a young person, she attended St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and later was a charter member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church. Over the years, she enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday school, playing piano, serving as church historian and participating in women’s circles.

Mary began her civil service career as a stenographer in Greensboro in 1935. She received an appointment to the war department in Petersburg, Virginia and returned to Wilmington, where she was a stenographer at the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company during World War II and then for the Social Security Administration.

Mary enjoyed researching genealogy of family ancestors, as well as American and southern history. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She leaves a sizable collection of books, articles, writings, records and images covering family, local and state history. Mary and Jack found great joy and pleasure working in their yards and gardens, especially when cultivating, propagating and sharing many varieties of camellias, hydrangeas and azaleas with friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 19, 2015, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, after which the family will receive friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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