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Mary Farrell, 100, lived in New Milford

Published 9:31 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Mary C. Farrell, 100, died April 29 at New Milford Hospital after a brief illness.

Mrs. Farrell was born March 22, 1912, in Ballindangan, County Cork, Ireland, the oldest daughter of Thomas and Nora (O'Sullivan) Mulcahy.

She completed secondary school in Cork City and emigrated to the United States in 1928. She lived with an aunt and uncle, Mary Kate and Richard Ronan, in Jersey City, N.J., until her marriage to John M. Farrell on Nov. 30, 1941.

Mrs. Farrell worked as a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Co. in Manhattan's financial district for 16 years. In 1953, they moved to Connecticut, settling in Old Lyme, where she lived until moving to New Milford in 1999.

She loved to write and won ribbons at the Hamburg Fair in Lyme and Bridgewater Country Fair for her knitting.

Mrs. Farrell is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Farrell, of New Milford, with whom she made her home; nieces and nephews, Gerard Spinnler, of New Jersey; Mary and Carl Ryder, and Brenda Farrell, of New Milford; Kevin and Gail Farrell, of Old Saybrook; and Thomas and Alice Mulcahy, Geraldine Mulcahy, Kathleen, and Denis O'Connell, Noreen, and Mike Griffen and Mary, and Arthur McGrath, of Ireland; and 20 great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John; a sister, Nora Spinnler, and a brother, Thomas Mulcahy.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Archdiocesan Office of Radio and Television, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect CT 06712-1052.