Milestones — Lois Humphrey

Lois Humphrey

Lois Humphrey (Eloise Rosalie O’Brycki) was born in Scranton, Pa., on March 31, 1928, the first daughter of John Francis O’Brycki and Florence Lipinski O’Brycki, both first-generation Americans. She graduated from Scranton Central High School and then trained at Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing.

As a registered nurse, she joined the staff at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School and lived in Yorkville, Manhattan. She met Richard Elston Humphrey, born and raised in Whitewater, Wis., while Christmas caroling with a church group. They were married at Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan on May 1, 1954, and spent their honeymoon in the Adirondacks.

Their first residence was in Hopewell, Va., where Richard, a chemical engineer, was transferred by his employer, Allied Chemical, and Lois continued to work in nursing. Gary Brick arrived on the Fourth of July, 1956, the first Independence Day baby born at the new Petersburg Hospital; a daughter, Lori, was born in 1960.

In 1962, the family moved to Glens Falls, N.Y., following Richard’s employment with Hercules Imperial (later CIBA-Geigy). Daughter Amy Jo (AJ) joined the family in 1967. In addition to raising her three children and providing two fresh vegetable dishes at dinner every night, Lois was a skilled seamstress who smocked dresses for her daughters, created ingenious stuffed animals, and made crafts for the annual May Tea at the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls. She read avidly, whether her favorite author, Charles Dickens, or mysteries, preferably British or Scandinavian. Family vacations included several trips to the maritimes and a visit to the U.K. After Richard retired, the couple continued to travel, taking a train journey through the Canadian Rockies.

In 2009, they moved to Shelburne so that Richard could be treated at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. He was Lois’s most cherished patient, and both were beloved by the Fletcher Allen staff. After his death in 2012, Lois resided at both Allenwood and Pillsbury North in South Burlington, and then at The Arbors. There she charmed residents and staff with her sweet smile and slightly wicked sense of humor.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard. She is survived by her younger sister Gail (Allen) O’Brycki Ward of Boise, Idaho, and their family; and by her three children and their families: Gary (Lynn) Humphrey of Queensbury, N.Y.; Lori (Tim) Newcomb of Champaign, Ill.; and AJ Humphrey and Tad Dippel of Shelburne; along with her four beloved grandchildren, Max and Milo Dippel, Paige Humphrey, and Garrick (Colleen) Humphrey, as well as her newborn great-granddaughter Evelyn Lee Humphrey.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Arbors in Shelburne for the loving care Lois received during the year of her residence. Arrangements are being handled by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services of Shelburne. A memorial service is planned for early fall at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the nonprofit of the giver’s choice.

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