A memorial service has been scheduled for Dr. Deneita “Dee Dee” Jo Farmer, the popular Longfellow Elementary School prekindergarten teacher who died unexpectedly on Oct. 7 at the age of 65.
The service will take place at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
At the time of Farmer’s death, Longfellow Principal Angela Dolezal described Farmer as a dedicated early childhood educator who, throughout her two decades at the school, “has guided many students and assisted many parents with both educating and raising their children.
“Many of the memories being shared are about how she was a wealth of knowledge when it came to helping our kids adjust to school, family changes, and social dynamics,” Dolezal said. “She loved all her students and knew exactly what they needed. Many staff members saw her as a mentor. And, all of us, parents, staff, students, alumni, are going to miss the wonderful hugs she was always ready to dish out.”
Farmer’s colleagues are asking that, instead of flowers, people donate to a Crowdrise campaign started in October with the goal of raising $10,000. So far, 149 donors have given a total of $9,000.