HICKORY - Dot Farrell, wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Hickory, N.C.
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She was 90.
After a lifetime in Alamance County, Dot moved to Hickory in January to be closer to her daughter.
She lived in Hickory only six months and insisted she wanted to go home. Now she has.
Dot grew up in Burlington and lived most of her married life in Swepsonville with her husband Alton.
They raised two children, Dianne and Ricky.
After Ricky's tragic death at age 16, Dot eventually worked her way through her grief by going back to school. She got her GED at Alamance Community College and went on to train as a nurse. She was a community nurse, visiting patients in their homes. She was a long-time volunteer at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
She loved to garden, and her home on Catherine Drive in Burlington had a beautiful yard with dogwoods, azaleas and roses.
Dot also was a painter. When she was a young mother, she created oil paintings that her family treasures. As she aged and dementia set in, she painted other things – the light switches, the stone fireplace, the refrigerator.
She died on her living room couch, coloring pictures of flowers.
Dot was the daughter of the late Carrie and William Kizer. She and her husband Alton had been married 43 years when he died in 1988. Their son, Ricky Wayne Farrell, died in 1968. Her dear sister Frances Greeson died in 2011.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and J. Paige Straley of Hickory; grandson Victor Whitacre and his wife Cristy of Miami Lakes, Fla. Dear to her heart was her niece Peggy Clayton Hunt and her husband Tom, of Burlington. Dot would like to know her Westies - Scotty and Suzie - were included in her obituary.
Visitation for Dot Farrell will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Worship Center, 3157 S. Church St., Burlington. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Darrell Cox officiating. She will be buried alongside Alton and Ricky at Phillips Chapel cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Alamance County, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC, 27215.
Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington is assisting the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave. Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from July 17 to July 18, 2014