Edna B. Farrell

December 24, 1923October 31, 2018

Edna Jeane Bauchspies Farrell, 94, passed Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in New York City on December 24, 1923 to Wilbur and Madeline (Hoffman) Bauchspies. She was the first of five children. She graduated valedictorian in East Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania and continued her education at Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia graduating and receiving the Sister Magdalene Von Bracht Memorial Award April 19, 1945. She was a registered nurse in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.

She met and married William S. Farrell in Philadelphia on February 1, 1946. She was a dedicated United States Air Force wife using her medical background as a volunteer from their first assignment in Schlangenbad, Germany to others in Georgia, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, New York, New Hampshire and Bolivia from 1946 to 1969. Upon her husband's retirement, they moved to Tallahassee, Florida. She received her Masters of Health Education from Florida State University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She taught Health Education at Tallahassee Community College and continued to serve as a volunteer in the community.

She is survived by son William (Bill), daughter Candace, daughter-in-law Jo, grandsons Will and Ben Henry, several great grandchildren, sister-in-law Bess, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her son Dean, and siblings, Denny, Wilbur (Cap), Alice and Dorothy. Edna was a loving, intellectual, kind shining spirit. Many considered her to be the matriarch of the family. She loved animals and gave many forever homes.

Words are supposed to be able to express what a treasure she was; but what a difficult task to choose words that give justice to her full and rewarding life. A private graveside service will be forthcoming at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following organizations: Wounded Warrior Project, Leon County Special Olympics, Leon County Humane Society.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Edna B. Farrell

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Jo Farrell

November 22, 2018

Missing Mom this Thanksgiving. We celebrated this holiday together every year since Dean and I were married and I am thankful for every one of them! Thought I would share this selfie of mom and I from last year. I am certain we were celebrating the winner of the Westminister Dog Show!

Kathy Getz

November 4, 2018

Edna, my aunt, was such a kind and caring person. My family and I always enjoyed her visits to Lehighton when she and her family would stop by on their way to their cabin in Jay, New York. She always brought us pecans and maple syrup. Edna & my uncle Bill even allowed my husband Lee and me to honeymoon at their cabin. My sons Ben and Alex enjoyed our trips to Florida when we visited Edna and also went to Disney World. She always made us feel so welcome. Thanks Candy and Bill for sharing this with us. We'll miss Edna as well as your dad and Dean.

Megan McClafferty (McNeal)

November 3, 2018

Aunt Edna was my great Aunt. She was always so kind and generous. I will forever remember visiting her during our spring breaks. I loved taking walks with her and the greyhounds she had rescued around the neighborhood and wandering around her beautiful yard. She always had a smile to share. She will be missed, but I know she is with her family in heaven 💕

Ilene and Jim McNeal

November 3, 2018

Aunt Edna (Ilene's aunt) was always upbeat and positive and also kind and caring. We visited her many times on our trips to Florida with our family. We had a really great time. She always had a Popeyes meal for us and our four children still talk about that. She was very generous about sharing her cabin in the Adirondacks with us. Our children learned to ski there. We all are forever grateful. She brought a smile to many faces. We will certainly miss her.
Our dearest sincere heartfelt sympathy to her family.

Rita and neil Gibson

November 3, 2018

Thinking of you with much love and sympathy. It seems she lived her life to the full potential God planned for her and how wonderful you had her for all these years! Our hearts are with you at this time. Love, Neil and Rita