PAULINE MARIE FARMER May 24, 1931 – Jan. 2, 2016
Pauline Marie Farmer, 84, of Las Cruces, passed away on January 2, 2016. The consummate Proverbs 31 woman, Pauline dedicated her life to serving God and family, a woman who feared the Lord and blessed all those in her path.
Pauline’s husband Otis, her best friend and the guiding rudder of her life, pre-deceased her on November 12, 2012. She is survived by 4 children (Sheila Marie (and Joe) Riedel, Jackie Barnett, Randy (and Cindy) Farmer, and Tim (and Bev) Farmer), 8 grandchildren (Marna Riedel, Melissa (and Andrew) Espinosa, Frank (and Kristin) Barnett, Jennifer (and John) Perkins, Laura (and Johnny) Talley, Lisa Farmer, Heidi Farmer, and Heather (and Taylor) Bailey), and 8great-grandchildren (Carter and Shannon Talley; Allison, Hailey, and Evan Barnett; and Kathryn Perkins, Hannah (and Florian) Burmeister, and Amalia Perkins).
Pauline Marie Higgins was born May 24, 1931, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to father Winifred D. Higgins, a carpenter, and mother Amalia Helen Simons, a maid and nanny. The oldest of the children in her home, Pauline took on the role of caretaker to the younger children while Amalia worked to support the family, including brother Buddy (Winifred DeWitt Higgins, 1933-1940), sister Sadie Lea (1934-2015), and sister Betty Louise (born 1935). She never left that role behind, throughout the rest of her life Pauline was known for taking care of her family and friends.
Pauline attended high school in Umbarger, Texas, and spent two years in school at West Texas State University where, in December 1950, she met Otis A. Farmer, marrying him the following year. The couple farmed together in Hugoton, Kansas, served as dormitory parents in Canyon, Texas, and worked at the national laboratory together in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Through it all, they raised four children who didn’t fall far from the tree, in that their interest was serving – a testimony to Pauline’s guiding hand and example.
In 1984, the Farmers retired to Las Cruces, where they enjoyed their remaining years with friends and family, working on creative projects with son Randy and his family; playing and traveling with all their children and grandchildren; working at church; and traveling with their RV group. Pauline served as a gracious and entertaining hostess on countless occasions to boisterous gatherings, typically involving lively games and meals. All were welcome at the always-spotless Farmer home in Mesilla Park, thanks to Pauline’s kind and generous, welcoming spirit.
Pauline’s greatest joy was her faith in God; her most profound gift was sharing that faith in word and deed with everyone she encountered. She was ever selfless, working tirelessly in service to others. She loved the outdoors, and especially loved time with her family. There is a profound hole in the lives of all who knew Pauline Farmer, though we are comforted in knowing that she is now in the blessed presence of her Heavenly Father.
A celebration of Pauline’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at Sonoma Springs Covenant Church, 3940 Sonoma Springs Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88011.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Arbors Del Rey, 3731 Del Rey Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88012.