Obituaries - 01/15/2014

Lois Birrell Morrill

December 22, 2013

BLUE MT. LAKE--Lois Birrell Morrill, 85, of Alexandria, Va. and the Capital District of New York state, passed away peacefully December 22, 2013 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, N.Y.

She was born on May 6, 1928 in Syracuse, N.Y. She was the daughter of Herbert and Margaret (Knapp) Birrell. Lois was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Robert Birrell.

She is survived by her four daughters: Peggy Morrill and her husband Richard Gates, Carrie (Morrill) Cummins and her husband Joe, Darcie (Morrill) Corbin and her husband Roger, Janet (Morrill) Forsell and her husband Jeff; and grandchildren Dan, Molly and Kim Gates, Cody and Kate Cummins and Mindy Corbin and Kurt Forsell.

Lois graduated from Cornell University in 1949 with a major in Hotel Administration. She was one of five women in the program. She received a Master in Human Resources from George Washington University in the early 1980s.

Lois had a lifelong love of the Adirondacks. She had many happy memories of childhood summers in Blue Mountain Lake, managing the family-owned Steamboat Landing Resort and the Marion River Carry restaurant, cabins and gas station after college; and family vacations in Raquette Lake with her own family. She returned to the Adirondacks whenever she could to visit family and friends.

Lois worked for the director of Newhouse Journalism at Syracuse University and for Cornell’s Placement Bureau in both New York and Washington, D.C. After getting her master’s degree she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for George Washington University’s Social Research Group. She worked at Mount Vernon Hospital as the assistant to the nursing director and hospital administrator. She finished her career as a saleswoman at a florist / gift shop.

Lois was an avid gardener and enjoyed flower arranging; she was a member of the Waynewood Garden Club for many years. She volunteered at Mount Vernon, sharing stories of history with tour groups. She devoted hours to genealogical research. Lois embodied love of lifelong learning, attending classes for seniors at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the United Methodist Church of Blue Mountain Lake.

Lois was a generous supporter of the well being of communities in many areas: spiritual, safety, arts, history, political and business development. In keeping with Lois’ spirit of generosity and community, contributions in her memory may be directed to a charity of choice. For online condolences, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.

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Donald King Hammond

January 8, 2014

SPECULATOR--Donald King Hammond, 87, of DeLand passed away  at the Alliance Center in DeLand, Fla.  He was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia September 18, 1926.

Donald was a member of the Alliance Chapel of DeLand, the New York State Magistrates Association, amateur radio club, Christian and Missionary Alliance, New York State Teacher’s Union and the NRA. Don taught at the Rockland BOCES until he retired in 1981. He enjoyed railroads and amateur radio.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Harriet Hammond; sons Don Hammond of Nyack and Jim Hammond of Greenfield Center; daughter Jocelyn “Sue” Grabill of Boynton Beach, Fla.; brother Robert Hammond of Hernando, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gospel Volunteers Camp of the Woods, 106 Downey Road, Speculator NY 12164.

Online condolences may be made at www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com. Allen-Summerhill DeLand is in charge.