Lois Ruth Harrar

September 22, 1937 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Lois Harrar Obituary

Lois Ruth Harrar (nee McNally), a woman who lived her life with the same vigor and enthusiasm as a grand slam at a Phillies game, has taken her final bow on the grand stage of life. Born on September 22, 1937, in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, Lois was as much a part of the city as the Liberty Bell itself. She passed away in the loving embrace of her family in Ridley Park, PA on February 26, 2024.

Lois, known for her quick wit and the kind of laugh that could light up a room, was a trailblazer from the start. She graduated from Lincoln High School, where she was not only awarded the title of best female athlete but also likely held the unofficial record for most school spirit. Her competitive nature and love for sports would follow her throughout her life, making her a local legend, both on the field and at the bar.

Speaking of which, Lois, aka "Stretch" was a fixture behind the bar at the Ponderosa Marina for twenty-five years, where she poured drinks and stories with equal flair. As one of the first female bartenders in Delaware County, she was a pioneer, proving that a woman could not only handle the taps but could do it with more charm and skill than anyone else.

Her family was her pride and joy, even though she often joked that she couldn't believe she and her late husband, James Clyde Harrar Sr., were responsible for starting such a "tall and loud crew." They would sit in the stands, cheering on the Phillies and Eagles, with Lois undoubtedly the loudest voice in the crowd. She is preceded in death by her husband, her son James Clyde Harrar Jr. (Sue), her parents, John and Ruth McNally, and her brother Johnny McNally. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter in her children, Michael Harrar, Donna Bauer, Dianne Royal (George), and Dawn Long, her seventeen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, as well as her sister Judith McNally, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Lois was an avid sports fan, and her dedication to Philadelphia teams was unwavering. She held season tickets with her husband for both the Phillies and the Eagles, and her game-day rituals were as legendary as the teams she supported. Her athletic prowess wasn't just for show; she played many sports during her illustrious high school career and continued to be a fierce competitor in various adult leagues for bowling, darts, and shuffleboard. Lois was a diehard video and poker arcade player.

Lois was the embodiment of what it means to be funny, loving, and friendly. She never met a stranger, only friends she hadn't shared a joke with yet. Her ability to make anyone feel welcome and her talent for turning a frown upside down were just a few of the qualities that made her such a memorable and beloved figure.

As we say goodbye to Lois, let us remember her as the life of the party, the "Mom" of the community, and the heart of her family. Her stories, her laughter, and her indomitable spirit will continue to inspire and entertain us all. Lowie, the world was your stage, and you played every part with gusto. Curtain call may have come, but your performance will never be forgotten!

Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation 9:30-11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Our Lady of Peace 208 Milmont Ave, Folsom, PA 19033, followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Edgewood Memorial Park. 

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March 2, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Lady of Peace Church
208 Milmont Avenue
Milmont Park, PA 19033

Funeral Mass
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Peace Church
208 Milmont Avenue
Milmont Park, PA 19033

Interment following funeral service
March 2, 2024

Edgewood Memorial Park
325 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342


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