Lou Marshall Fairer, age 70, of Florence, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Memorial services were held privately. Elkins Funeral Home of Florence directed.
She was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Decatur, Ala. to mother, Coy Beresford, and father, Charles Daniel Fairer, both deceased. She has a brother, Joseph Benjamin, who is older by three years.
The family moved to Tuscumbia in 1953, where she attended Deshler High and Florence State College for a degree in Biology and Chemistry.
In 1964, she was employed as a chemist and lived in Mobile for eight years.
In 1972, she moved to New Orleans, La. as a Pharmaceutical Representative and later worked with rental properties, both commercial and residential, including several renovations. She loved living in the French Quarter until moving back to Tuscumbia in 1984 to help her mother, who died in 1994.
She loved old buildings, renovating her home in downtown Florence and working several apartment buildings. She loved traveling and managed to visit many countries and every state except Hawaii. She was an avid bicycle person, biking across 22 states and a bit in Canada. She toured Europe. She backpacked 450 miles of the Appalachian Trail, over several summers starting at southern terminus, Springer Mountain, Ga., to Damascus, Va. She biked and backpacked Scotland, England, Wales, Cornwall and Ireland, plus two month long trips around Tasmania and Victoria State, Australia.
She is survived by brother, Joe and his wife, Margaret; cousins, Chuck Fairer, Roseville, Ca., Charlotte Marshall, Columbia, S.C., Lucia (Joe) Karolefski, San Antonia, Texas, Jim, Sam (Shannon) Medina, Austin, Texas, and Jeff (Snow) Watson, Placitas, N.M., David Hogg, Raleigh, N.C., and Douglas Hogg, Osprey, Fla.
She is survived by her soul sister of many, many, many years, Marie Majerick; and her husband Paul, of Montgomery; and their two daughters with their families; her Deshler classmates; and others in the area who she has known so long; and her 1966 Mustang “Baby”.
There will be no funeral, her ashes will be scattered in the Bon Secour River, Baldwin County, Ala.
Elkins Funeral Home would like to invite you to sign the online registry at elkinsfh.com.