Obituaries

Farrell Milroy

March 26, 1924 - February 14, 2013

Mrs. Farrell Milroy, 88, of Batavia died on February 14, 2013 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, Illinois.  She was born at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois on March 26, 1924.  Farrell was the second child of John and Elva (LaRue) Kennedy.  She was a 1942 graduate of Madonna High School and, later, the St. Charles Hospital Nursing School.   She married Bernard J. Milroy on May 22, 1948 and was devoted to him through more than 54 years of marriage, nine children and dozens of grand and great-grandchildren.  Mr. Milroy died on January 27, 2003.   Farrell Milroy was the very epitome of genuine grace.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker; the kind of person who, when seeing that there are only four pieces of pie for five people, would promptly announce that she wasn’t hungry and really didn’t like pie that much anyway.  Although shy and unassuming, she, nevertheless, exerted more influence over her family and friends than she could have ever imagined or admitted.  Such was the power of her unconditional love.  Indeed, to those who knew her, Farrell Milroy gave life to St. Paul’s definition of love as expressed in his Letter to the Corinthians: “She was patient and she was kind; she did not envy, she did not boast; she was not proud. She did not dishonor others.  She was not self-seeking and was not easily angered.  She kept no record of wrongs. She did not delight in evil but rejoiced in the Truth.  She always protected, always trusted, always hoped and always persevered.  She did not fail her family, friends or her God.”   Farrell was preceded in death by her parents, John R. Kennedy and Elva (LaRue) Kennedy; two brothers, LaRue Kennedy and Richard Kennedy; and her beloved husband of more than 54 years, Bernard J. Milroy.  She is survived by her dear friend and sister-in-law, Geraldine Kennedy (Yorkville, Illinois) and her nine children, including: Mary Milroy of Geneva, Illinois; Bernard J. (Patty) Milroy of Burlington, Wisconsin; Peggy Bellafiore (Vincent) of Batavia; Jane Bohr (Robert) of Batavia; Patricia Milroy of Dundee, Illinois; Maureen Schultz (John) of Tinley Park, Illinois; John Milroy (Susan) of Woodinville, Washington; Kathy Heaton (Thomas) of Columbus, Ohio and Timothy (Tamarah) Milroy of Batavia.  Also, Mrs. Milroy leaves 30 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and 3 nephews – and will be greatly missed by all.  

Visitation for Farrell J. (`nee Kennedy) Milroy will begin at 9:00 AM until 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Moss Family Funeral Home (209 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, Illinois) followed by a Funeral Mass at Annunciation B.V.M. Catholic Church (1820 Church Road Aurora, IL 60505) at 11:00 AM with Reverend Michael Burrows, O.S.B. of Marmion Abbey officiating.  Interment will take place at River Hills Memorial Park (1650 South River Street Batavia, Illinois) immediately following the funeral.

“I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”  - Abraham Lincoln

Guest Book

  • Karen Piron Bohr My deepest sympathy to all of Farrells family. I loved working beside her at Holy Cross and she and Bernie were so kind when Peter was ill. I know and care for many of you Milroy children, and know you will so miss Farrell even though she is now with your Dad. God Bless and Care for all of you!!!
  • Bette Bohler Thompson Though I did not know her well I knew her as a kind and loving lady who will be missed by all family and friends. My prayers are with her family especially Peggy and Vince.
  • carol strobel mills My parents, Jay and Jack Strobel, were very fond of Farrell and Bernie. My mom always spoke of Farrell as being a dear woman, with a sense of humor and always something kind to say. My condolences to the whole family, our relatives!
  • Wayne & Mary Beth Stevens May God hug you tightly during these next few days GOd blessed you all with great parents You will feel their love forever We use to love seeing her come by the house walking her little dog sending prayers for all of you MaryBeth
  • Leta Rae LeFevre My deepest sympathy to you, Mary and your entire family. I know what a heartache it is to loose your Mom and what a blessing to know that she is at peace in heaven.
  • Annette Ruh My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Farrell's family. I always admired her quiet thoughtful ways and the fact that she always remembered who I was. Amazing woman.
  • Mary Ann Crayton My deepest condolences to the Milroy family on the loss of your loved one. I didn't know Mrs. Milroy, but I wish I had. From that beautiful tribute, she must have been a wonderful person and I look forward to meeting her in the resurrection. (John 5:28-29) May the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort continue to comfort and strengthen you through this very difficult time.
  • Tracey Peterson Beautiful woman, inside and out. My sympathies to the entire family for their great loss.
  • Toni & Mary Catherine Fox We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Milroy family. Mom had just chatted with Farrell and will surely miss their phone visits. We send our love and prayers and fond memories.
  • Bill and Janice Fox Farrell was a truly spectacular woman who raised a tremendous and loving family. She was the epitome of elegance and grace and will surely be missed by all whose lives she touched. RIP Farrell and love and prayers to the entire Milroy family.
  • Pat Rivait To all the Milroys, especially "our Mary" I am so sorry for your loss. Farrell was a grand Irish lady! I bet Bernie is singing her a little Irish ditty right now.