Lois Bailey Fallen, age 95, of Keysville, VA passed away on Sunday February 12, 2023, at The Woodland in Farmville, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband Herman Bailey Fallen in May 1969.

She was born in Keysville on July 8, 1927, to the late Flave and Hattie Glidewell Bailey, the seventh of ten children. She was preceded in death by her brothers Flavius Bailey and Reginald Bailey and sisters Gladys Russell, Thelma Kidwell, Ruby Sowers, Inez Hogaasen, Mildred Walker, and Gertrude Thatcher.  Alfred Lee Bailey of Milton, FL is her only surviving brother.

Lois is survived by three daughters, Janet Fallen Anderson (Doug) of Troutville, VA; Kathy Fallen Ashbrook (Tom) of Richmond, VA; and Kay Fallen Wilson (Allen) of Goode, VA; six grandchildren, Kimberly Anderson Della Penna (Joe) of Forest, VA; Amy Ashbrook Flanagan (Jimmy) of Charlotte, NC; Carrie Ashbrook Dintino (Al) of Virginia Beach, VA; Holly Ashbrook Oliver (Jacob) of Richmond, VA; Neil Wilson (Mary) of Roanoke VA; and Joshua Wilson of Goode, VA; three great-grandchildren, Oliva Della Penna, Mia Della Penna and Emily Dintino.

As a young widow with three young children, Lois put herself through cosmetology school, became an instructor at Hollywood Beauty College and subsequently worked at various beauty salons in Farmville, VA until age 90. She loved her work, her students, her customers, and her family. She worked hard to provide for her daughters, making countless sacrifices, never once asking for or expecting a hand-out even as she put all three of her daughters through college. By necessity, she demonstrated what strength, independence, tenacity, and dignity are all about.

Lois loved cooking, family gatherings, country music (especially Alan Jackson), going for rides, and stopping at ice cream establishments and fruit stands along the way!

On holidays, Lois served enormous meals and made certain that no one went away hungry. In fact, there was a 100% chance that you wouldn’t leave her home without taking away a bag full of leftovers. Desserts like coconut cakes and strawberry pies were her specialty, but she was also revered for her spaghetti, corn pudding, cornbread dressing, meatloaf, and chicken salad, just to name a few.  You get the point!

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 on Thursday February 16th at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, with family visitation immediately following. In lieu of flowers or food, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place in Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Woodland for their exceptional care and compassion. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of arrangements.



Condolence Messages

  1. David Farrow

    14 February 2023 1 year ago

    I did not know Mrs. Fallen but Kay and Allen Wilson our dear friends of ours. Mrs. Fallen sounds like an amazing woman and mother. The likes of which are all too rare these days. We pray that the peace of God may comfort the family.

    Dave and Jody Farrow

  2. Jan Francisco

    14 February 2023 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Miss Lois’s passing. She was such a Sweetheart. Miss Lois and Mama used to visit each other and go places together. When Mama passed away she came to the house and asked for s picture of Mama so she could look at it and remember Mama. They loved each other so much. Just like your Aunt Thelma

    I know she will be missed. They are in heaven now having a great time and having a piece of coconut cake.

    Rest in Peace Miss Lois. ♥️

    Janice Francisco- Reulbach

  3. Pearl Jackson

    14 February 2023 1 year ago

    I am so sorry for y’all lost she was a great person I called her momma from day one when I seen her and she was the best I spent most my time in her room with her

  4. Chad Shelton

    15 February 2023 1 year ago

    So very sorry to hear about Mrs Fallen’s passing this past Sunday. I realize that her last weeks and days were difficult and we pray for God’s peace in the coming days and weeks. Rest in peace

  5. Vanessa Martin

    16 February 2023 1 year ago

    Janet, Kathy, Kay, and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Miss Lois. We pray that your many wonderful memories of your dear Mom, will bring you all comfort. At our Church socials, we always looked forward to enjoying Miss Lois’ yummy corn pudding! Love to you all.

    Charles & Vanessa

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