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Obituary of Wilda Hope (Farrell) Stanfield, 71


Wilda Hope Farrell Stanfield, 71, of Bellefonte, Pa., died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 8:24 am in her home, after a 20-year battle with cancer.
She was the oldest daughter of the late James Thomas Farrell, and Gila Ferguson Farrell who still lives in Dayton, Ohio. She was born January 4, 1947, in Middletown, Ohio.

The family moved to New Carlisle, Ohio, when Wilda was young. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1965 and from Wright State University in 1975 with a degree in elementary education.
She married Douglas Wayne Stanfield of Rushsylvania, Ohio, on June 20, 1970, in New Carlisle. He survives in Bellefonte.

She was a long-distance telephone operator with Ohio Bell, and worked in accounts payable for a large construction company, B. G. Danis, in Dayton. She was admitted to the University of Dayton, later transferring to Wright State University from which she graduated with a degree in elementary education.

While in Dayton, she also was a board member of Eagles, Inc., an adult educational resources company serving churches. She later worked as accounts payable supervisor for West Coast Truck lines in Eugene, OR, while Doug was in grad school.

When the family moved to State College in 1987, Wilda worked at the Outdoor Writers Assoc., before working in public relations and communications for Centre Community Hospital (now Mount Nittany Medical Center) and then for the State College Area School District. She retired from the latter in 2013.

She was active for more than 20 years in the Bellefonte Garden Club, serving more than one term as president and in most other officer positions. There, she was one of the driving forces for numerous community beautification projects, including “Bellefonte In Bloom,” which planted more than 111,000 daffodils over five years; the 9/11 Memorial Garden at the Armory on Bishop Street; annual plantings of flowers throughout Talleyrand Park, on the Diamond and around the Courthouse, and urns and hanging baskets throughout the downtown commercial district. She also was active in various economic development initiatives, including the grant application of Bellefonte into the Main Street Program.

She and Doug owned and operated the Annie Natt House Bed and Breakfast in Bellefonte from 1995-2005.

She served leadership roles in several community organizations, including the Centre County Chapter of the American Cancer Society which she served as president; as a board member on the Bellefonte Area Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of the Bellefonte Tourism Commission. She is remembered for her optimism, for an understated effectiveness, and as someone who gave others most of the credit. She was loved for her intelligence and for her kindness and generosity of spirit.

Wilda and Doug have lived in Dayton, Eugene, State College, and Bellefonte. During their life together they traveled the nation, visiting almost every state except Alaska and Hawaii.

In addition to Doug, Wilda also is survived by sons Benjamin Farrell Stanfield, 38, of Albuquerque, NM and John Thomas Stanfield, 36, of Missoula, MT. She has three sisters: Martha Milbee (Robert) of Dayton; Elizabeth Rebillas (Joe) of New Carlisle and Margaret Winningham (Pierre) of Dayton, in addition to several nieces and nephews, cousins and brother- and sister-in-laws.

A younger brother, Patrick Farrell of New Carlisle, predeceased her in 2013.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. A memorial service will follow from 6-7 p.m. with CLP Elder Candace Dannaker officiating. There is no public viewing.
A second celebration of life service will be held on April 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek, Ohio. Internment will be at a private family graveside service on April 27, 2018 in Rushsylvania, OH.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made in her name to the Centre County Cancer Society, 1375 Martin St #206, State College, PA 16803.

Name of Deceased

Wilda Hope (Farrell) Stanfield



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Funeral Home

Wetzler Funeral Home

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