May 5, 1926 - January 9, 2022
North Augusta, SC—Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Claire Holladay Farmer, 95, who entered into rest January 9, 2022, will be conducted Wednesday, January 19th at 11 o’clock from Grace United Methodist Church. Dr. John M. Younginer, Jr. and Rev. Thomas B. Wilkes, III officiating. Private Family Interment in Westover Memorial Park. Mrs. Farmer was a native of Brunson, SC which her Great-great grandfather, William Edgar Brunson, Sr. founded in 1874. She was the daughter of the late William Junius and Etha Louise Brunson Holladay and the last surviving of their eight children. A resident of North Augusta for the past 73 years, she was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church, the Stillwell Sunday School Class, and the Florrie Derrick Circle. She was honored to also have The Martha Claire Farmer Circle named in her honor. As part of her community service, Mrs. Farmer was a member of the Volunteer Board of University Hospital for 54 years with over 1,100 service hours. Martha Claire Farmer was a driving force in the Garden Club of South Carolina, the Nationally Accredited Judges Club of South Carolina, the North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, and the Carolina Hills Garden Club. As a young bride in 1949, she was advised by an older family friend to “Honey, get yourself a church and a garden club!” She took this advice to heart and has devoted her considerable talent and energy in service to her community through these organizations. Joining Carolina Hills Garden Club in 1949 was the first step in her ascent in Garden Club service, culminating with her election as State President of the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., from 1991-1993. At that time, the Garden Club of South Carolina had nearly 10,000 members. She was a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, and a State and National Life Member. The theme for her state presidency was in 1991 was “Land That I Love, God’s Gift and Our Responsibility”. Under Martha Claire’s leadership, many notable achievements occurred. In 1992, GCSC in cooperation with the Department of Transportation began an I-20 beautification project planting a total of 300 large crepe myrtle trees at the ten Welcome Center sites, and a “Planting Trees” project resulted in 53,500 dogwood seedlings, redbud trees, and crepe myrtles were added to beautify landscapes through the state. Martha Claire mentored numerous aspiring gardeners and flower designers, always with grace and humor. She was truly a gracious Southern lady who wielded a powerful presence. Martha Claire and Gordon shared a lifelong love of travel. Their travels took them all over the world. London was their favorite city, and they filled their home with antiques and treasures bought from their extensive travels. She loved spending time at the South Carolina beaches. Martha Clair spent countless hours on the beach at Hilton Head and most recently at Wild Dunes. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, James Gordon Farmer. Survivors include her children, Rebecca (Gary) Bernson, Daniel Island, SC, Melissa (Paul) Zimmerman and Jim Farmer, both of Augusta; seven grandchildren, Hannah Farmer, Spencer Farmer, Trey Farmer, Gabriella Farmer, Mary Claire Zimmerman, Myers Zimmerman, and Matthew (Tyler) Bernson. The family recognizes Wanda Anderson as a special friend to both Gordon and Martha Claire and extends their love and thanks. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Stillwell Sunday School Class, the Florie Derrick Circle and the Martha Claire Farmer Circle. Pallbearers will be Trey Farmer, Spencer Farmer, Myers Zimmerman, Matthew Bernson, Dr. J. William Thurmond, III and Conrad Quiller. The family expresses appreciation to Mrs. Farmer’s caregivers for their excellent service, Margie Henderson, Lynn Sharpe, Mary Corley, Carla Wilder, Anna Miller, Tina Casey, Teoche Stroman and Mary Lanham. Memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205 which was very dear to Martha Claire, and Gordon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon from 4 until 6. Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181).
North Augusta, SC—Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Claire Holladay Farmer, 95, who entered into rest January 9, 2022, will be conducted Wednesday, January 19th at 11 o’clock from Grace United Methodist Church. Dr. John M. Younginer,... View Obituary & Service Information
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