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Lois Rutledge Bierly
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Lois R. (nee Brinkman) of Wayne, PA passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at Shannondell of Valley Forge at the age of 94.
Lois lived a full life, in which she expressed her life-long commitment to community and family. Her creative and outgoing spirit positively affected all those who she touched through a myriad of interests, occupations, and activities.

After graduating from Upper Darby High School in 1941, she worked for the US Navy in Philadelphia during WWII. Upon the birth of her two sons, she was involved in not only raising a family but in her community commitments. She became actively involved in fund raising work for Bryn Mawr Hospital, followed by more than a decade of volunteering at the Valley Forge Military Hospital with Vietnam veterans, and until late in life, was involved with Surrey Senior Services in Devon, PA.

While serving the community and raising a family, her entrepreneurial spirit became evident with the establishment of LoDor Antiques, a business she co-owned and operated from home for a number of years. Later, she shared her experience with children, business and art at Pour les Enfants, a children’s boutique in Wayne, PA. She was a talented amateur oil painter, a season ticket holder to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lois made frequent visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and enjoyed art and music in her travels to other cities in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

Lois was a member of Llanerch Country Club, a 55-year member of Aronimink Golf Club, an active member of Glenhardie Country Club. She was a founding member of St. Mathew’s United Methodist Church of Valley Forge.

Lois was described by friends and family as having a “positive, make it happen approach to life”. Many have noted her “cheerfulness”, her “sparkling personality”, and her “extensive network of friends”. In a social setting, “it was remarkable how many people would be magnetically drawn to Lois enjoying conversations about family, friends, community events and issues”. Friends have stated, “She had a unique ability to make every person she interacted with feel loved and special. Her wonderful smile and warm, positive greeting would lift the spirits of anyone who walked into the room”. Lois could make a new friend anywhere she went. Once, when we had a grumpy taxi driver after a late night flight to Jacksonville, Lois whispered to a travel mate “watch this” as she proceeded to draw the man into telling his life story and melting in the light of her welcoming and listening ear. Throughout her life she embodied the maxim, “Make new friends but keep the old; One is silver and the other gold.” She never stopped enjoying the company of her friends and family and was positive and gracious in accepting her aging and its limits. We would be remiss if we left out Lois’ hallmark fashion sense. She was a stylist before the term was coined.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Dr. Mahlon Zwingli Bierly Jr, parents Warren Talmadge Brinkman and Marguerite Rutledge Monteith, and son Steven T. Bierly. She is survived by her son Mahlon Z. “Buck” Bierly III and his wife, Elin of Malvern as well as her grandchildren David (Shannon) Bierly, of Minneapolis, MN, Jamie Codispoti, of Nashville, TN, Mahlon Z. “Jake” (Marsha) Bierly IV of Wayne, and Emmalee (Aaron) Nye of Philadelphia.
She was a cherished great-grandmother to Kendall and Joseph Dante “JD” Codispoti, Avery and Hudson Bierly, and Mahlon Bierly V and Foster Bierly.

A memorial service will be held at St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, 600 Walker Road, in Wayne at 11AM on Thursday, February 15th 2018 with Rev. John Bletsch officiating.

Donations in Lois’s name may be made to “Surrey Services” (60 Surrey Way, Devon PA 19333) or online at

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