Olive Brouker Farrell

Obituary of Olive F. Brouker Farrell

Farrell, Olive -
 
"But now the mist has lifted and in front of me I see,
A path that is clear that will lead me back to me,
A light that is shining to guide me on my way, 
And a lifetime of memories as down to rest I lay."
 
 
Olive F. Brouker Farrell, 91 passed away Monday, February 14th, 2022 at The Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy, NY.  Daughter of the late Jeannette (Barron) Brouker and Waldo E. Brouker, Olive was predeceased by her sisters June Brady and Marilyn "Bette" Sanderson, her daughter Paula Bradwell, and her grandson Bryan Bradwell.  She is survived by daughter Candia Spencer, sons William (Carmella) Bradwell, Brian Bradwell, and grandchildren LeeAnn (Jason) Polzin, Olivia (Nicholas) Earley, Robin Spencer, Katelyn Bradwell, Ophelia Gregory, Destin Bradwell, and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
 
Ollie was a prolific painter of landscapes and florals. She loved painting them and sharing them.  She completed most under the name Olive Bradwell from her first husband Bill, many as Olive Becker from her 2nd husband Harry, and more as Olive Farrell from her 3rd, Hugh. 
 
Olive was an adventurous spirit who loved travel and enjoyed her time spent living in many places including various Rensselaer county homes, Bonita Springs FL, Pensacola FL, Honolulu HI, and Dallas TX, but her favorite was time spent in her home known as the Red Shutter Gallery in Cossayuna, NY, which she shared with Harry Becker who she described as the love of her life.  Most of her landscapes are from this period, and of these rural scenes from Washington county.  
 
In addition to her artistic gifts, Olive had a love for and a keen sense of math.  This passion led to careers that included Real Estate licenses in 2 states, a Fiscal Officer at Antioch University, an investment advisor with a Securities license, a bookkeeper for a number of companies as well as a volunteer for many years as an Income Tax preparer.
 
The family would like to acknowledge the TLC provided by the staff of the Courtyard Unit at The Eddy. Denise and her staff members cared for Olive with kindness and compassion.  Theirs is a very difficult job and they are deeply appreciated.
  
Olive was smart, adventurous, congenial, independent and strong willed. She was taken by Alzheimer's disease, but not on February 14, 2022. Alzheimer's disease stole Olive's life many years before this.  She fought it with her entire being, writing names and notes on every photo, in every margin of every book she read, anything so that she would not forget. And still, she did. There was no stopping the tragic march as Alzheimer's trampled memory after memory after memory, until Olive did not remember who Olive had been. 
 
A celebration of life service will be from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue Rensselaer, Monday, May 9 at 10 AM.  All are welcome to attend.  Relatives and friends are invited and may call prior to the service beginning at 9AM.  Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbsuh. 
 
Remembrances may be expressed as donations to: The Alzheimer's Association  4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405 Albany, NY 12205 
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Monday
9
May

Visiation

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday, May 9, 2022
W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home Inc.
1700 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, New York, United States
518-286-3400
Visitation
Monday
9
May

Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Monday, May 9, 2022
W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
1700 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer, New York, United States
518-286-3400
Celebration of Life
Monday
9
May

Interment

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday, May 9, 2022
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Third Avenue Ext.
Rensselaer, New York, United States
Interment
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