Longtime Westchester resident Beatrice Lorraine Feickert Farmer, wife of USC professor emeritus Herb Farmer, has died. She was 89.
Farmer passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 21st, following complications from a stroke, her family said.
Born June 20th, 1919 in Jamestown, North Dakota, Farmer earned her registered nurse certification from the University of Minnesota, where she worked as a surgical nurse. As a lieutenant, Farmer served as a Navy nurse during World War II at Guadalcanal, New Guinea; hospital ships in the South Pacific; Corona, California; and Pensacola, Florida.
She married Herb Farmer in Pensacola on March 15th, 1946. After they both left the Navy, they moved to California, where Herb returned as a cinema faculty member at USC during the 1946-1947 school year.
Beatrice earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from USC in 1952. She was an honorary life member of both USC’s Town and Gown and the Faculty Women’s Club. She was also a dedicated USC fan, attending home football games for five decades. As a loyal and supportive wife of Herb, she was also an ardent supporter of the School of Cinematic Arts and its many students.
The couple lived together in Westchester for 60 years. Farmer was the president of the Westchester-Del Rey Republican Women for 20 years. She also worked many years for the American Red Cross at blood banks.
She is survived by her husband Herb, son Jim, granddaughters Casey and Lindsey and daughter-in-law Michele. She was preceded in death by her father, Al, mother, Betsy and brother, John.
A memorial service for Farmer is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7th, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bea’s name to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Checks are payable to USC School of Cinematic Arts, “Bea Farmer Memorial Fund,” c/o USC School of Cinematic Arts, University Park, Los Angeles 90089-2211