Lois Smith Bagley, 85, of Dalton, died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, at Regional Hospital in Scranton. She was the wife of former Abington Heights football and wrestling coach, the late Richard Warren Bagley Sr., who died in 1977.
Born in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Parker H. and Aurelia Baldwin Smith. She was a graduate of Dalton High School and Keystone College, and went on to earn her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in library science at Syracuse University. She was employed as a librarian at Harvard Law School and later as an assistant librarian at Keystone Jr. College. She was the Head Librarian at Lackawanna Trail High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1993. She was beloved by students and her fellow faculty members; the librarian's office was a favorite gathering place for more than two decades.
Lois was inducted into the Keystone College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, for her excellence in both basketball and field hockey. An avid golfer and bridge player, she attained the level Regional Master in bridge and was playing several days a week until her recent hospitalization. Lois served on the Keystone Open Committee, Lithia Valley Co-op and the Dalton Library Board. She was a member of the Dalton United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a huge fan of music, with eclectic tastes ranging from folk to rock and classical. She loved Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Surviving are two sons, Richard W. Bagley Jr. and wife Christine, Middletown R.I.; and Parker H. Bagley, and wife Julie, New York, N. Y.; a daughter Lynn Berry, and husband Luther, New York, N.Y; seven grandchildren Richard W. Bagley III, James Joseph Bagley, William Dean Bagley, Stephanie Bagley, Kathryn Bagley, Parker T. Bagley, and Richard Hayes Bagley, two great- grandchildren, Anabelle and Sadie Bagley, a sister Lenore Cramer, and husband Raymond; Dalton, three nieces, two nephews and several great nieces and nephews. The loving care provided by Ray and Lenore and niece Lydia and her husband Michael allowed Lois to stay in her own home until the end.
She was preceded in death by a sister Emily Trojan.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 at 11a.m. at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Rd. Dalton Pa. 18414, with services by Rev. Lori Robinson, Pastor.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St. Clarks Summit Pa, 18411.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dalton Community Library, 113 E. Main St. Dalton Pa. 18414.