Lois Smith Bagley, 85, of Dalton, died Saturday afternoon at Regional Hospital in Scranton. She was the wife of former Abington Heights football and wrestling coach, the late Richard Warren Bagley Sr., who died in 1977.
Born in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Parker H. and Aurelia Baldwin Smith. She was a graduate of Dalton High School and Keystone College, and went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees in library science at Syracuse University. She was employed as a librarian at Harvard Law School and later as an assistant librarian at Keystone Junior College. She was the Head Librarian at Lackawanna Trail High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1993. Beloved by students and her fellow faculty members alike, the librarian's office was a favorite gathering place for over two decades.
Lois was inducted into the Keystone College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, for her excellence in both basketball and field hockey. An avid golfer and bridge player she attained the level Regional Master in bridge and was still playing several days a week until her recent hospitalization. Lois served on the Keystone Open Committee, Lithia Valley Co-op, and the Dalton Library Board. She was a member of the Dalton United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a huge fan of music with eclectic tastes ranging from folk to rock and classical, and loved Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty, among many others.
Surviving are two sons, Richard W. Bagley Jr. and wife, Christine, Middletown, R.I.; and Parker H. Bagley and wife, Julie, New York, N.Y.; a daughter, Lynn Berry and husband, Luther, New York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Richard W. Bagley III, James Joseph Bagley, William Dean Bagley, Stephanie Bagley, Kathryn Bagley, Parker T. Bagley and Richard Hayes Bagley; two great-grandchildren, Anabelle and Sadie Bagley; a sister, Lenore Cramer and husband, Raymond, Dalton; three nieces, two nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. The loving care provided by Ray and Lenore and niece Lydia and her husband, Michael allowed Lois to stay in her own home until the end.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Trojan.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton, PA 18414, with services by the Rev. Lori Robinson, pastor.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit PA 18411. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dalton Community library, 113 E. Main St., Dalton, PA 18414.