Lois Lucille Martin Harrington, age 81, of Chostaw, Okla., passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Erie on April 14, 1933, a daughter of the late Chester and Elfrieda Guckes Martin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son in infancy, two sons, Noia Hollingsworth and Claude Hollingsworth, one brother, Curtis Martin, one sister, Elvina Martin, and the father of her children, George Hollingsworth.
She is survived by her three children, Catherine, Claudia and Nola, her husband, Lyle Arthur Harrington; twenty grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one brother, Carlyle Martin, and numerous nieces and cousins.
Lois attended Erie and Tucson, Arizona schools. She graduated from the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the marching band and concert orchestra. She was a member and performer with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Musician's Union Local, Tucson, Ariz. Lois was a gifted musician who could play anything she touched, while in her music, she had composed a 32 piece orchestral musical score, and was selected to the music fraternity of Tau Beta Sigma, by the Dean of Fine Arts, at the University of Arizona. Lois was an organist for the Living Hope Lutheran Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church, both in Abilene, Texas. Her music lives on, as her published work is the basis of the curriculum for the Arizona State University
Psychiatric Unit for the Criminally Insane. She had been employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a geo-chemist, secretary and high school reading teacher. As a mother and homemaker, she was very active as a 4-H Community Leader and in the FFA.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery, with Pastor William Coleman officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504.
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 29, 2014