Lila LaVaye Farquhar, 89, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died at home in Conroe, Texas, on Nov. 14, 2019.
Lila was born March 7, 1930, in Medina Township, Mich., to Guy M. and Letha L. (Bachman) Stoops. She married Donald “Bill” Farquhar on May 1, 1948, in Morenci, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1998.
Lila was in the habit of following her big brother, Merle, and went off to school in rural Morenci at age four. The teachers went ahead and placed her in kindergarten and, as a result, she graduated from Morenci High School at age 17, in the class of 1947.
Lila and Bill raised three children in Morenci while she also worked in the accounting department for many years at M&S Manufacturing in Morenci, and then in Hudson. Lila retired from M&S in 1988 and soon thereafter moved to Coldwater, Mich., for Bill’s dream of a “house on a lake with a boat.” Lila and Bill later relocated to a warmer climate, building a house beside Lake Conroe in Willis, Texas, in 1996. This brought them nearer their daughters and their families in the greater Houston metropolitan area.
Lila was very active with her friends and neighbors in Willis as a member of their Monday Mahjong Club and many other social activities as her neighborhood “posse” made the rounds of weekly restaurant lunches and shopping trips. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe.
Lila is survived by daughters Vickie Hyland of The Woodlands, Texas, and Linda Jones, of Katy, Texas; son Jack (and Shelley) Farquhar, of Sebring, Fla.; grandchildren Kelly (and Darrin) Chippi of Katy, Brian (and Laura) Jones of Conroe, Whitney (and Jarred) Beck of Huntsville, Ala., Holly (and John) Jackson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Leslie Deatrick of Knoxville, Tenn., and great-grandchildren Sheldon, Samuel and Spencer Jones of Conroe, Nicole, Brooke and Kyle Chippi of Katy; Elijah, Enoch, Ezekiel, Elisha and Eliana Jackson of Indianapolis, and Jackson Beck of Huntsville.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lila was preceded in death by one sister in infancy, Verelda; two brothers and their wives, Merle (and Eloise) Stoops, of Morenci, and Darl (and Pat) Stoops of Bryan, Ohio; and her son-in-law, Daniel Jones of Katy.
No public services are planned and Lila will be laid to rest next to her husband in Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled at her church in Conroe at a future date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Conroe.
Local arrangements were handled by the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.