Ninian Farrell


A. Ninian Farrell, 79, of Ottumwa, died at 8:48 a.m. December 8, 2022 at Addington Place.

She was born June 8, 1943 in Centerville, IA to Garrett and Marjorie Kelly Johnson. Ninian married John Nicholas Farrell on October 27, 1963 and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2021.

A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Ninian was an associate for Ottumwa Community Schools for 44 years, retiring in August 2017.

She attended First Presbyterian Church. Ninian volunteered at Blessings Soup Kitchen. She enjoyed playing cards with her grandkids and ultimately loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, attending their activities and events.

Surviving are her children, Marty Farrell (Marlene Ruby) of Des Moines, Dawnita (Norm) Wellings of Agency and Kimi Jo (Tom) Hull of Ottumwa; 7 grandchildren, Chase (Katey), Kelsey (Kevin), Colton (Dom), Anna, Trey, Quintin and Jarrett; and a great-grandson, Maddoxx.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Alvia Johnson, Marjorie Hepker and DeWitt Johnson.

Visitation is open at 11 a.m. Monday, December 12th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 13th at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Hornback officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Cremation will follow the services.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

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