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With great sadness, we announce the passing of Marian Louise (Hammons) Farlow on Feb. 18, 2015, at her residence in Denver. Marian was born in St. Louis on April 20, 1925, to Thomas Joel and Lola Mae (Jones) Hammons. The family later moved to Dale where Marian grew up and attended school. She graduated from McLeansboro Township High School in 1942 and later attended business college in Champaign. In addition to assisting with the family hardware business, Marian worked in the MTHS office and later as a bookkeeper and secretary of the school board for the Hamilton County School District. Marian married Irl Melvin Farlow, also an MTHS graduate, on Jan. 25, 1944, and they subsequently had two children, Irl Ronald and Lea Ann. The couple resided in McLeansboro until after Mel's death in 1979. Following her retirement from the school district Marian moved to be with her sister, Virginia, who was also widowed. “The sisters” as they were affectionately known, enjoyed life together for over 25 years in Alexandria, La., Diamondhead, Miss., and Duncanville, Texas. As her health began declining, Marian moved to the Denver area in March 2013 to be near her daughter, where she remained until her death. Marian is survived by her son, Irl Ronald Farlow and wife Marilyn of Marco Island, Fla.; her daughter, Lea Ann Farlow Slizeski and husband John of Golden, Colo.; her grandson, Kyle Anthony Farlow of Kirkland, Wash.; and her sister, Virginia Lee Hammons Smith Dial (Emery) of Godfrey. Her brother Thomas Joel Hammons Jr. preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, in McLeansboro. Contributions may be made in her memory to the McLeansboro First United Methodist Church where Marian was a long-time member, or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, a program that was dear to her heart. The Cremation Society of Denver is in charge of the cremation.
Published on  March 9, 2015
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