Bishop, Dolly Farley

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Our beloved Dolly Farley Bishop passed away at her home on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 surrounded by family. She was the 3rd of seven daughters and one son born to the late Lucy Wood Farley and Cecil Earl Farley from West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Willa Mae Shepherd and Lorene Slusher and one brother, David Earl Farley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband of 66 years, James Robert (Bob) Bishop; her loving son, Greg (Camille) Bishop; and four sisters, Mary Jane (Billy) Richardson of Riner; Cora (Gratton) Thompson of Christiansburg; Florence (Bennie) Bishop of Iowa; Lou Ellen (Fred) Belcher of West Virginia. Several niece and nephews, Pam Finley, Debbie Clower, Vicky Akers, Kathy Shepherd, Doug Shepherd, Donald Slusher, Becky Wimmer, Pastor Marvin Wade, Michael Bishop from Iowa, Dr. Scott Bishop from Wisconsin (daughters Maggie and Sophie), Jill Cerankowski from West Virginia, she is also survived by her special friend Mary Bishop and her fur babies, Dolly and Sugar. She is survived by many other host of family and friends.

Dolly was married to the love of her life on December 19, 1954. She often told her sisters that shortly after their marriage, she watched his plane depart since he was a soldier in the U.S Army. Their favorite song, “Unchained Melody” became their song for all times. Dolly and Bob shared in their joy for the farm they loved. Bob taught Dolly how to drive a tractor and she helped with all of the chores of farm life. New life was so exciting to her, calving twins in particular. She would announce, “We have all these calves and we’re feeding some on a bottle.” She reminded us of the actress Eva Gaber on the T.V. show, “Green Akers,” always “glamorous and quite the lady”. Her husband, Bob declares “She was as apt at helping cows with their calves as she was at making her husband a German chocolate cake”. She loved introducing all the kids to a variety of animals, (it looked like “Old McDonald’s Farm).

She was in every way a lady, beautiful on the inside and out. She had a delightful personality and was loved by all. She was extremely compassionate and very benevolent. She loved to make people laugh. This was greatly depicted in role playing; such as dressing up as a “pioneer woman” and cooking up a pot of “possum” stew or dressing in a clown costume for our family reunion at Camp Creek, WVA. This was to be our 58th year. Dolly collected toys all year long to present to the kids along with balloons.

The family was baptized on January 20, 1974. This included Dolly, her son Greg and her husband Bob. Bobs late brother Buddy and his wife Carolyn were also baptized the same day. Her interest in people was exemplified by her numerous Bible studies with countless people.

A private viewing will be held for the family. A virtual Funeral will be held for Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.