Lois E. Harrell

Memorial service for Lois E. Harrell, 97, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The family will greet friends and relatives from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She died June 6, 2018 at her home.

She was born on August 27, 1920 in Lawrence, Kansas the daughter of Herbert and Anna Gustava (Behrens) Bailey. Lois married James M. Harrell, Sr. on September 21, 1941 in Lawrence, Kansas. He preceded her in death on Dec 29 1997.

Lois graduated from DeSoto High School and attended Lawrence Business College. She was a legal secretary for Forrest Jackson in Lawrence. After her marriage she became a wonderful mom, grandma and a homemaker for her large family. After her husband became disabled she worked for 15 years as a secretary for the Classics Department at KU. Lois was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church belonging to WELCA and the Historical committee. She was very involved in the Lawrence Garden Club.

Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Day (Keith), Lawrence; Joanna Long, Lecompton KS; Joyce Harrell (Rodger Sunderland) Silver Spring MD; Pam Harrell (Kris Bailey) Lawrence; two sons, James Marion Harrell JR. (Beka), Lawrence; Michael Harrell (Julie), Independence MO; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two brothers Edwin Bailey and Loren Bailey, one sister Vera (Bailey) Dunn; Son-in-law Martin S. Long, Granddaughter Dakota Copp, and Great Granddaughter Mhari Rowell

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to KU Classics Department through KU Endowment or Trinity Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

9 Condolences

  1. Aynsley Anderson Sosinski on June 7, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Lois. She was such a sweet lady whom I looked forward to seeing when I came to Babcock Place to take blood pressures. She was always pleasant and kind. I know she was so proud of and loved her family very much. She frequently shared stories with me about all of them. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with all of Lois’s family at this time.

  2. Nancy Vogel on June 8, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I salute a saint.

  3. Eugenia Leasure Bryan on June 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Lois Harrell will always be remembered by my family for her unfailing thoughtful, humble and kind ways. My brother was a Babcock neighbor and Lois made sure that he was not forgotten when his final illness led to the need for institutional care. She sent him encouraging cards often and even helped organize a lovely party for him when he was able to enjoy seeing his Babcock friends. I thanked her several times and had a delightful visit with her a few months ago. What a sweet loving heart she gave the world! I send my condolences to her family, knowing that her long life made a difference for many, many people she met along the journey.

  4. Jackie & Dean Christy; Aaron, Jennie and sons on June 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Joanna, we offer you our condolences. I was so sad to hear this news about your mother.

  5. Lorraine Denson on June 11, 2018 at 10:22 am

    “Look! The Tent of God is with mankind, and He will reside with them, and they
    will be His people. And God Himself will be with them. And He will wipe out
    every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning
    nor outcry nor pain be any more. The former things have passed away.”
    Revelation 21:3,4

  6. The Steens on June 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Condolences to the Harrell family for the loss of their sweet Mom and Grandma. Our prayers are with you.

  7. Sacramenta Landrum on June 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Harrell family and friends for the loss of your loved one Lois. Gone but not forgotten a wonderful promise in God’s word the Bible for the loved ones we have lost in death a resurrection back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28,29, very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

  8. Margaret Cameron on June 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Lois was a great Matriarch to your family. She will be missed. Hugs and love to you all

  9. Barbara Lyons Myers on June 26, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I remember Aunt Lois so well. I remember spending some summertime there with the family long time ago. She was a very nice and terrific lady. I am glad I got to visit not too long ago. It was so nice to catch up with you all.

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