Gerrie Ann Farmer Arnold, 68, of Plano, Texas passed away peacefully in her sleep in her home on February 2, 2021, with her husband at her side. Gerrie was born September 10, 1952 in Longview, Texas to Gerald and Dottye Farmer. As the first child, her name was modeled after her father, Gerald Andrew Farmer. She was always referred to as Gerrie Ann or simply Gerrie.
Gerrie grew up in Longview, Texas and was a member of First Baptist Church of Longview and graduated High School in 1970 and went on to graduate from Kilgore Junior College in 1972 and then East Texas Statue University with a Bachelors in Education in 1974. She later graduated from Louisiana State University with her Masters in Special Education.
Gerrie met her husband, Warren, at East Texas State University and they were married on August 3, 1974. While never having any children, Gerrie and Warren moved and lived in Baton Rouge, Monroe and Shreveport Louisiana and then Atlanta, Georgia before moving back to the Dallas area in 1987.
Gerrie was always interested in education, an interest she got from her family and Uncle Vanoy. She spent many years teaching elementary and special education in both public and private schools and always believed in teaching to the “top” of the class and that she was helping the children rather than just being their teacher. She made many friends while teaching, many still good friends. She retired from the Richardson ISD in 1999 due to some health and allergy issues and later worked as a sales person at Talbots, a women’s clothing store, where she made many new friends as well.
Gerrie liked to travel to see different parts of the country and often made trips with many of her friends and family to visit, shop, attend shows or simply sightseeing. She was very independent and self sufficient and maintained her jobs, household and pets while her husband Warren traveled to many different countries for weeks or months at a time.
Gerrie was a family person and always liked to visit or stay in touch with her family which became very geographically dispersed due to work and marriage. She retained this focus on family to the very end. Gerrie was also a traditionalist and liked to decorate her house with antiques and objects of value and beauty. She was also an impeccable dresser and her clothes, hair, makeup and jewelry appointments were always fit for the occasion. She liked spending time with her friends visiting different cities, attending shows in New York or simply going out to dinner and having a good conversation and time.
Gerrie always believed in God and Jesus Christ. Growing up in the First Baptist Church of Longview, she developed a love of all things and did not have a mean bone or spirit in her body. She loved and treated everyone equally and was always one to offer help or to recognize when someone was in need. Many of her fondest early memories were the music and pipe organ in the First Baptist Church and always loved live gospel music. She was always happy and tried to never let anything get her down.
She battled allergy and health issues and her long battle with Alzheimer’s-Dementia finally came to an end on February 2. She never let any of her health issues stop her and she always looked for and sought out the best instead of the negative. The last few years were trying on her family as she became more dependent and required full time care and assistance but this never dampened her spirits.
Gerrie is preceded in death by her father Gerald Farmer and her mother Dottye Farmer. She is survived by her husband, Warren Arnold and her brothers; Richard Farmer and his wife, Nancy and David Farmer and his wife, Cathy, their two children Christina and Andrew and two cousins; Robbie Freund and Sue Ward
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of The Cammack Family Welch Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Visitation will be held one hour prior the start of the service.
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