Lois Ann (ne Erdman) Farrell, 90, died Monday, February 25, 2019, at her home surrounded by family in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Helen (Kraft) and Harvey Erdman on November 2, 1928. Lois attended and graduated from the Shaker Heights School System. In 1951, she graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, one of only four women to earn a business degree that year. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
That same year, she married James Kirby (Jim) Farrell, who died in 2011, just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. She and Jim had three children, Ann (Midgley), Kirby, and Amy.
After moving from Shaker Heights, Lois lived in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Akron, Ohio; Jacksonville and Ponte Vedre, Florida; and, since 2005, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
A woman of wit and warmth, Lois was an avid reader of mysteries and enjoyed her vodka martinis and cigarettes up to her last days. She had lifelong friends from college in Athens, Ohio, Cleveland, Akron, and Florida, as well as new friends from Carlisle with whom she enjoyed many competitive and joyful games of bridge.
A loving and generous mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Lois always had time to listen and to share her wisdom and observations. She was the anchor of the family. We enjoyed her 90th birthday party in style in November, when we celebrated how extraordinary a singular life can be.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Ann (Farrell) Midgley and her husband Pat Midgley of Carlisle; Kirby Farrell and his wife Laura Griffin Farrell of Charlottesville, Virginia; and Amy Farrell and her husband John Bloom of Carlisle. She had eight grandchildren, Allison (Midgley) Thumma (and her husband Eric Thumma), Patrick Midgley, Jr. (and his wife Jennifer Midgley), Amy (Midgley) Maley (and her husband Matt Maley), Jackie Farrell, Griffin Farrell, Anna Farrell, Nick Bloom, and Catherine Bloom as well as nine great-grandchildren, Alex, Anna and Samuel Thumma; Haily, Madeline, Noah, and Mya Midgley; and Allison and MJ Maley. She is also survived by her sister Margery (Erdman) Orth and brother-in-law Robert Orth of Akron, Ohio, and her sister-in-law and brother in law, Jackie and Richard Farrell of Redding, Connecticut; and nieces and nephews Lorraina (Orth) Daker, Kevin Orth, Robyn (Farrell) McCree, and Chris Farrell. Her brother Neil Harvey Erdman died in 2002.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 3pm at the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley,
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Lois’ deep love for reading, the family requests that donations be made to the Bosler Memorial Library (158 West High Street; Carlisle, PA 17013; 717-243-4642; www.boslerlibrary.org) in memory of Lois Farrell. To send condolences visit www.EwingBrothers.com.