Lois J. Farris, 92, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after a long illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Charleston and a member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Lois was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and a 1947 graduate of Morris Harvey College; and was the President of the Phi Kappa Sigma Sorority.
She served as a volunteer with the Read Aloud for many years. She was an avid bird watcher and member of the Angel Terrace Garden Club.
She was a Social Worker and Entrepreneur. Lois and her husband owned the Dunbar Ben Franklin and later the Hamlin Ben Franklin stores for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Paul Farris; daughter, Karen Sue Farris; and both parents, Samuel Dale and Hattie Starkey Harkins.
She is survived by her children, Jeanne Allender of Charleston, Melissa Farris of Charleston and Joseph G. Farris and wife Pamela of South Charleston; grandchildren, Robert and Kristine Allender of Orlando, Fla., Felicia Allender of Charleston, Michael Farris of Charleston and Taylor Farris of South Charleston; great – grandchildren, Robert and Alexandria Allender.
Funeral Mass will be held at noon Monday, March 25, at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with Rev. Father Donald X. Higgs officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Kanawha County Library or Hubbard Hospice House.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.