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PALMER, Mary Lou Aniko Farrell, 68, the beloved mother of Farrell Beth Palmer of Simpson-ville, Ky., and wife of 45 years to Peter Palmer of Temple Terrace, Fla., passed into God's hands October 19, 2011. Born to Arthur and Elizabeth Farrell in St. Johns, Newfoundand, Canada, November 27, 1942, she was one of nine children: brothers, Arthur Jr., (deceased), Joe and John of St Johns and Larry of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and sisters, Loraine Cahill, Elizabeth Murphy, Jeannie Baird and Gail Wall all of St. Johns. While a teen, she became part of the singing group "The Farrell Sisters," which appeard nationally throughout Canada on the CBC TV Network. In 1964, she was asked by her sisters to compete in the "Miss Newfoundland Beauty Pageant." She did so and she won. That same year, she won the title "Miss Dominion of Canada," and then went on to represent Canada in the "Miss International," "Miss Universe," and "Miss World Pageants," in which she was runner up. After finishing her commitment as "Miss Canada" in 1965, she immigrated to the U.S. to seek a career in the theater. In 1966, while doing the musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in San Francisco, Calif., she met her future husband, then an established "Star." That same year they were married. She became a leading lady and a "Star" internationally in her own right and toured in the theater and concerts in the U.S.A., South America, Canada and the Far East. She starred in many musicals, many at the Showboat Dinner Theatre in St. Pete including, "The Sound Of Music," "Music Man," "Carousel, " "The King And I," "Oklahoma" and "I Do, I Do!." Her last appearance on Broadway was in "Lorelie" with her husband and Carol Channing in 1973. One critic once said "If you missed Aniko Farrell's performance you missed pure magic." In 1988, when daughter Farrell was five, they decided to move to Temple Terrace, Fla., in order to provide stability for her. They decided to teach and coach children, teens and young adults. She was much loved by her students and extremely proud of the results she had with them. She taught them her successful skills and many have become theater performers on Broadway and appeared in Hollywood films and television. No less important was she to those who became lawyers, teacher and doctors. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. October 29, at the Temple Terrace Community Church, 210 Inverness Ave., 33617, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Temple Terrace Community church. Please communicate with the family by email.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 23, 2011