Elsie Farmer “Fannie” Eskridge


Mrs. Elsie Farmer “Fannie” Eskridge, of Parksley, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at the age of 99. The daughter of the late Clarence Spurgon Farmer and the late Goldie Clark Farmer, Fannie was born Nov. 21, 1922, and raised near Fredericksburg, Va., with her sisters, Elizabeth and Polly.

Having grown up on a farm in the 1930s, Fannie was no stranger to hard work, independence, and creativity. She attended Sparta High School, where she was a track star and valedictorian. After she moved to Richmond to pursue her nursing career at Sheltering Arms Hospital, Fannie met, and later married, Walter A. Eskridge, to whom she remained a loving and devoted wife until his passing in 2002. When Dr. Eskridge completed his medical training they moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and together they raised their daughters, practiced medicine in Parksley for nearly 40 years, and were active members of the community and their church, Grace United Methodist. Following their retirement, Fannie couldn’t resist her calling to help others and continued to do so as an ER volunteer at the former Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital. A natural athlete, Fannie was a regular at the YMCA in Onley, where she was a great support and inspiration to many. She remained dedicated to her church, where over the years she assisted with preparing suppers and organizing the annual bazaar, served as the superintendent of Sunday school, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.

A force to be reckoned with, Fannie always strived for excellence and accepted nothing less. She will be dearly missed and forever celebrated for the loving, caring, and wonderful human being she was to so many.

Fannie, known as “E” to her loved ones, is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Reid (Jim), of Richmond and Nancy Eskridge (Rob), of Oceanview, Del.; grandsons, Matthew Reid (Laura) and Daniel Reid (Jennifer); great-grandchildren, Bennett, Matalyn, Natalie, and Julia; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend, Dottie Smith, as well as her devoted caregiver, Laquanda Godwin, both of whom brought great joy and light to her life.

A service in celebration of Fannie’s life will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. JaeHaeng Choi and the Rev. Don Jamison officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fannie’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 (www.donatenow.heart.org/).

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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