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Lois Maryette Duell

August 12, 1949 — June 17, 2019

Lois Maryette Duell    “cherished daughter, mother, grandmother and sister”

MILLPORT, Pa.---Lois Maryette Duell, 69, of Millport, went home to her heavenly Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, June 17, 2019, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Friday, August 12, 1949 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of William K. and Theo A. Richardson Dickerson.  On September 26, 1970 in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, she married Chester “Chet” “Bill” Duell, who passed away on September 9, 2013.

Lois was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  She was employed as a Friendly Home Toy Party representative, an Avon representative, and by McDonald’s in Wellsville, N.Y.  She was also employed at the former Olean Tile Plant in Olean, then in the kitchens in the Oswayo Valley Elementary and High Schools, and was also a self-employed caterer.

Lois was a member of the Millport United Methodist Church, where she also served as treasurer and was a member of the Missions Circle of the church.  She was a former member of the Chrystal United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the former Shinglehouse Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, holding every position in the organization.  She was a member the Tri-County Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary where she formerly served as secretary.  She also was a member of the Allegany County (N.Y.) Ladies Firemen’s Auxiliary where she served as chaplain and a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.

In the past, Lois enjoyed knitting and crocheting, bowling on the Ladies league in Shinglehouse, canning, entering items in the Potter County Fair, and family camping.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandsons.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents of Shinglehouse; a son, Neil C. (Sharon) Duell of Coudersport; two grandsons, Joshua N. Duell and Shawn M. Duell; seven brothers and sisters, Lila S. Curry of Genesee, Karl J. Dickerson, Carolyn J. (Dave) Gustin, Earl W. (Sharon) Dickerson, Donald G. (Judy) Dickerson, and Rod D. (Kim) Dickerson, all of Shinglehouse, and Brad G. (Carla) Dickerson of McConnellsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Lois was predeceased by an infant daughter, Sheilla Duell; a sister-in-law, Susan Dickerson; and a brother-in-law, Ed Curry.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Millport United Methodist Church, officiating.  Committal and burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Millport United Methodist Church, 57 South Branch Canada Hollow Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lois entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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