A strong woman with a kind gentle nature, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Farrell passed away at home on October 2, 2022 after a short illness at the grand age of 94.

Lizzie was born on September 18, 1928 and was the second youngest of John and Emily Coulter of Moysnaught, Clabby. She had three sisters Annie, Minnie and Emily and two brothers, Jack and George, who all predeceased her.

Lizzie was brought up on a farm and when she became school age, she attended Clabby School. She would often tell the family about the long walk to and from school each day.

Lizzie wasn’t a great lover of school as she did not like the teachers using canes and could not wait for the day to be over to get home.

Working life after school was mostly spent outside on the farm in those days.

It was while working in the fields at the farm that Lizzie met Robert (Bobby) Farrell who was to be her future husband. He had come from Donegal to live at Tattenafewnell, Murley which was not too far from the Coulter homestead.

Lizzie and Bobby moved to England to work for some time so they could earn the money to be able to set up the farm and get married.

Lizzie worked in vegetable canning, strawberry picking and various farm related jobs. The hours were long and exhausting, bending and picking strawberries as well as gathering crops of vegetables.

After some time in England they came home and got married in July 1948 and settled down at the farm at Tattenafewnell.

It was extremely hard work trying to build up the farm as there was very little machinery back then.

Lizzie would turn her hand to anything that needed doing on the farm. She milked cows, fed pigs and reared chickens and turkeys to make extra money to keep things going. Helping out in the fields at hay and corn and gathering potato crops were among the many things Lizzie did. She could easily do the work of a man at any time.


Lizzie was blessed with seven children, 20 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren whom she really loved and enjoyed having get togethers with them all and having them visit her. She enjoyed having extended family after her seven children married.

As the family got older, Lizzie and Bobby were able to go away on some bus touring holidays and day trips to seaside resorts. Lizzie really loved to get out on shopping trips and had a great interest in clothes and gardening.

When Bobby died in July 2005, Lizzie moved to a bungalow in Fivemiletown as it was too quiet out on the farm.

She really was very happy in town and settled down very quickly. She took great interest in her garden and always had to have lots of colour all year around. There was always shrubs ad plants to replace ones finished flowering.

Lizzie made a lot of friends in town through joining the Half Door Club which was held each week. She enjoyed this club and made many long standing friends there. Going for lunch to local cafes was great for Lizzie as she met locals and was always ready for a chat with them.

In the latter years of Lizzie’s life, she had mobility and health issues which required the need of carers in her home. She received excellent care at home and remained there until her passing.

Her largely attended funeral service spoke volumes of the esteem in which Lizzie was held.

The service took place in the Elim Pentecostal Church, Brookeborough where Bobby and Lizzie attended for a long number of years.

The service was conducted by Pastor Nathan Johnston. Interment took place at St. John’s cemetery, Fivemiletown. Funeral arrangements were carried out by Marcus Madill Funeral Directors in a very sympathetic and dignified manner.

Lizzie will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her family and all the family circle.