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Essie Mae Filer

September 9, 1927 ~ October 14, 2021 (age 94)

Obituary


Essie Mae Clark was born on September 09, 1927 in Jasper Florida to the late John and Roberta Clark. Her siblings include CJ Clark (Brother), Isaac Riley (Brother), Dorothy Hogan (Sister), and Matt Lee Hewitt (Sister).
As a child, she was raised by her Uncle & Aunt (James & Margaret Peterson) in White Springs, Florida, where she attended public school. She later moved to Gainesville, Florida where she met and married Robert Filer. Following their marriage on January 31, 1953, five children were born: Robert Jr, Delano, CJ, Diane, and Shirley. She worked and cared for several families in White Springs and Gainesville Florida.
In 1957, she became a believer and devout Christian at the Filer family church (Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church). As a member of the body of Christ, she was an Usher, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, a part of the Church Maintenance Committee, and Mother of the Church. Her stewardship went beyond her official church duties, as she always offered assistance where needed inside and outside of the church. Later, she began worship at Open Door Ministries in conjunction with Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
Preceded her in death: Parents: John Clark, Roberta Jackson, Margaret Peterson
Sisters / Brothers: Dorothy Hogan, CJ Clark, Isaac Riley, Matt Lee Hewitt
Niece: Rosa Lee Weston
Husband: Robert Filer Sr. Great-grandson: Robert Filer IV Devoted cousin: Mae Alice Ingram
On October 14, 2021 Essie Mae Filer peacefully left this earthly scene. She leaves a legacy of Service, Love, and Peace to her family and all who knew her.
The family remaining to cherish her memory are:
Three sons: Robert Jr (Bernice), Delano (Calprina), and CJ
Two daughters: Diane Mosely (Marvin), and Shirley Filer (Joel)
One godson: Deacon Lonnie Henley (Rosemary), All of Gainesville Florida. One nephew: James Yearby Baltimore Maryland
One niece: Minnie Lee Hewitt Tallahassee Florida
Grand Sons: Robert Filer III (Jacqueline), Reginald Kyler Sr, Delvon Filer,
Hudson Anderson III, Ezra Jermaine Anderson (Amanda), and James Markham
Grand Daughters: Tracey Hines (Rei Sr), LaToya Kilpatrick, Ebony Filer, Lakendra Filer-Sommons (Kazelle), Tacarra Filer, Dana Mosely, Kimbree Counts (Arthur)
38 Great-grands children, and Great-grands children.
One brother-in-law: Edison Filer (Evelyn), Two sister-in-laws: Vivian Filer of Gainesville, Florida, and Evelyn Filer of Daytona Beach, Florida. God Grandchildren: Kiarah Mallory, Ashlyn Young, Bianca Welcome, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
 

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Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
October 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Open Door Ministries
601 NE 19th Street
Gainesville, FL 32641

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