Aliquippa Savage Ferrall passed away June 10, 2009 at age 98. With her, a light has passed from the world. Raised in Demopolis, AL, Quip was known for her beauty and charm. She always focused on the the comfort and well being of those around her. Quip was City Clerk of the city of Demopolis from 1935-1945 – the first woman to hold that post. She married Charles Ferrall and moved to Larchmont, NY in 1945. They had one child, Charles Jr. In Larchmont Quip had many and varied friends. All her life she was an avid gardener and seemed to be able to grow just about anything from a simple cutting. She was also a great fan of photography. Among the wealth of her snapshots there is the birthday album, one snap of every one of her son’s 62 birthdays.
Quip and Charley retired to Sarasota, FL in 1969. Quip volunteered at the local hospital, serving as chairwoman of volunteers there for 8 years. In 1981, at the age of 71, her greatest task began when Charley had a massive stroke leaving him unable to walk or talk. She cared for him for the next 17 years with the able help of her friend Joyce Hopkins until his death in 1998. After 4 years living alone with her cat Beau, at age 92 she and he moved across the country to Sonoma, CA and in 2008 to El Cerrito, CA to be near her son.
She was a great correspondent – having maintained communication with numerous friends across the US and Europe – some sight-unseen for 50 years or more. She loved animals, particularly her cats. But the wild ones benefited as well. Her birds, most notably the egret Oscar in Sarasota and the goldfinches in Sonoma were favorites. In El Cerrito she befriended the squirrels who took their peanuts from her hand. In that spirit, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local humane society.
All her friends were drawn to her warmth and loving nature. She is survived by her son, his partner Jane Allardt, nieces and nephews of several generations and wonderful friends.