Lois Helyn Brackett, former school bus driver

Lois Helyn Brackett, 70, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Palmyra.

Calling hours were April 29 at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 E. Miller St., Newark. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 30 (today) at the funeral home with Rev. Brian Maag officiating. Burial will follow in Newark Cemetery.

Memorials, in her name, may be made to the Cracker Box Palace, 6450 Shaker Road, Alton, New York 14413 or the American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620.

Lois was born Nov. 7. 1943 in Paducah, Kentucky, the daughter of Laurance H. and Lois Helyn Ritchie Paquette.

She was a 1962 graduate of Fulton High School and had taken courses at the Community College of the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua. She was a member of the Woodlane Community Church.

Lois drove bus for the Newark School District, before her 29 year career as office manager at Paradise Veterinary Practice in Marion.  She competed in Dog Agility competitions and had won many ribbons.  Lois was proprietor of Glamor Paws Grooming and also bred, raised and trained horses.

Lois was dedicated to her family and is survived by her son Tim (Kathy) Brackett of Manchester; two daughters Tammy (Jean) Brackett of Alfred and Tara (Gary) Carr of Palmyra; her eight perfect grandchildren, as she would say, Christopher, Sara, Emily and Clavin Brackett, McKenna Jaden, Trentyn Carr and Samanatha Sims; her sister Janet (Charles) Giarratano of Newark; and her devoted dog Bella.

She was predeceased by her loving companion Donald VanHoute on Jan. 31, 2014.

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