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Eloise James Farrell, Mar. 15 1924 - Nov. 27, 2013
Educator, wife, mother, grandmother, Eloise Farrell was an intelligent, gracious woman who possessed a quiet charm and elegance as well as a firm resolve.
She was born in Scottsdale, to William T. James and Lela Simpler James and, along with her older brothers, Bill and Bob, spent her early years on the family ranch south of Scottsdale. The family moved to Tempe in 1933, where Eloise attended grade school and high school and was active in the Methodist Church.
She graduated from Arizona State College in 1946 and began teaching elementary school. Over the next 40 years she would teach in the Balsz, Creighton and Madison districts.
She married Dennis Farrell in 1948, and their marriage was a lifelong love affair and friendship. They settled in Phoenix and had three children, Alicia, Bob, and Denise.
Eloise loved children - her own and the thousands she taught. She had a soft spot for those who struggled and every school year there were one or two second-graders she was tempted to adopt.
Eloise enjoyed the arts and as a young woman studied piano, voice and painting. Throughout her life her artistic talents were expressed in interior design and gardening and her home was a welcoming work of art. In retirement, she began painting in earnest and produced works that are treasured by her children.
Eloise died with her daughters at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers and is survived by her children, Alicia Hicks, of Albuquerque; Bob Farrell, of Scottsdale; and Denise Le Beau, of Phoenix, as well as six grandchildren. Eloise's family was her greatest joy and she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She is missed by all who knew her.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 16, 2014