Delaney Marie Farrell
Delaney Marie Farrell, 23, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Williamsport, after a long and hard battle with drug addiction.
She was born in Nyack, N.Y., a daughter of Brian J. and Bridget M. (Ryan) Farrell on July 13, 1993.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her older sister Anastasia and younger brother Dillon; two nephews; Antonio and Angelo Manha, as well as her grandparents; Mary Farrell, and Ruth and Ed Ryan, all of Selinsgrove. She will also be sadly missed by her 15 aunts and uncles, along with 15 cousins and many, many old and dear friends, including 4,953 Facebook friends!
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Farrell; and her grandfather, Thomas J. Farrell.

Delaney was a 2011 graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School and was most recently employed at the Red Roof Inn, Williamsport, which is where she was when God decided it was time for her to come home.
If there was one word to describe Delaney, I'm sure everyone would agree that it would be "funny". Delaney loved to laugh and make people laugh. She would always make jokes, stupid remarks and facial impressions, which would get those around her roaring, even in the most serious of moments.
Delaney was also known for her love of oreo cookies. This addiction started in the third grade during her special reading class. Every time she read a sentence correctly, she received an oreo. Needless to say, Delaney loved to read and read often; however, even with no books around, Delaney could be found eating oreo cookies by the dozen. While holding 3-4 cookies at a time, she would dunk them into a big glass of milk to soften, and shove them all in her mouth at once. Ironically, at 23 years old, she never had a cavity.
She loved social networking and was usually found posting selfies on Facebook. She was absolutely beautiful and had a singing voice to match. Another hobby of Delaney's was writing. When she was younger, she would often write silly stories about her family or her beloved pets, including her many dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, horses and even a llama.
Delaney would also write in her journals or on just random pieces of paper; some were private but some she would share. She forwarded one of her last entries to her sister, which depicts the pain and suffering that she was enduring throughout this horrific drug epidemic that has affected so many families in this country. Her soul is finally at peace.

"Funny, I don't remember no good dope days. I remember walking for miles in a dope fiend haze. I remember sleeping in houses that had no electric. I remember being called a junkie, but I couldn't accept it. I remember hanging out in abandos that were empty and dark. I remember shooting up in the bathroom and falling out at the park. I remember nodding out in front of my sisters kid. I remember not remembering half of the things that I did. I remember the dope man's time frame, just ten more minutes. I remember those days being so sick that I just wanted to end it. I remember the birthdays and holiday celebrations. All the things I missed during my incarceration. I remember overdosing on my bedroom floor. I remember my sisters cry and my dad having to break down the door. I remember the look on his face when I opened my eyes, thinking today was the day that his baby had died. I remember blaming myself when my mom decided to leave. I remember the guilt I felt in my chest making it hard to breathe. I remember caring so much but not knowing how to show it. and I know to this day that she probably don't even know it. I remember feeling like I lost all hope. I remember giving up my body for the next bag of dope. I remember only causing pain, destruction and harm. I remember the track marks the needles left on my arm. I remember watching the slow break up of my home. I remember thinking my family would be better off if I just left them alone. I remember looking in the mirror at my sickly completion. I remember not recognizing myself in my own Damn reflection. I remember constantly obsessing over my next score but what I remember most is getting down on my knees and asking God to save me cuz I don't want to do this no more !!! " Delaney Farrell

Sadly for us, but lucky for her, God was listening and answered her prayers. Now she is no longer in pain, and is flying free.

Friends and relatives are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, followed by the funeral at 4.
Published on July 4, 2017


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Nov 13, 2019
Two years later and people are still moved by your story and your selfless, brave choice to be transparent despite your intense and insurmountable grief. There are so many grateful people, including myself, that see themselves in Delaney, as well as families in you. I have been sober for a little over two years now, and my clean date is 7/1/19...the same day Delaney lost her battle. I think of her from time to time, her words, her face; I see her in my friends who also passed. Thank you for making the choices you have made in your loss, and please know she still continues to touch people even from so very far away. Although, for you and so many of us, including those still fighting, she ...never left after all.
RIP Delaney, through all your pain, you still left this world a little better than when you came in it.
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Nov 10, 2019
I just read about this beautiful young lady for the 1st time. I lost my sister to alcohol addiction. One thing I know, God can heal some of deepest hurts. Blessings and peace for sharing. Much love.
Jul 30, 2019
I already wrote a message and I would give anything to speak to you. My son relapsed and I put him jail to save his life. I read your daughters poem every day and I for some reason I carry her with me. What a beautiful girl and such a horrible life is horrible dealing with this . I typically don't put private information on things like this but if you read this please call 2692087174.....god bless your family
Kellie Clay-tassell
Jul 19, 2019
Delaney is brutally honest in her poem and her own pain is felt by so many people. I've stood by my son through this same situation and I have cried for Delaney and her family since I first read about her passing. I keep praying god brings peace to her family and they understand she is with God and no one else can ever hurt her again. It's important the family members understand how much she loves you.
Aliscia Edwards
Jul 18, 2019
May God bless y’all an she was such a beautiful person
Pastor Brad Harris, Illinois
Jul 16, 2019
Delaney is a very beautiful young lady. I am so sorry for your loss. What a brave and noble thing you did in including her letter in Delaney’s obituary. I will pray that God uses it mightily to save many others from this terrible epidemic of addiction we have in America.
May God Bring You Comfort and Healing
Pastor Brad Harris
Jul 16, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. No parent should have to bury their child. I have to say I can completely relate to her. I remember some of those exact days she describes here. Thankfully now I'm clean & sober but it took me a while to get here. I believe her story is inspirational. RIP Delaney
Erica B
Jul 14, 2019
Oct 18, 2018
Sorry to of your loss, God’s word brings us comfort during this most difficult time.John5:28,29 we all look forward to welcome our love ones back from sleeping in death.
Oct 18, 2018
My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Delaney. May the words found in John 5:28,29 give you comfort in these difficult times.
Bobby Rodriquez
Oct 17, 2018
There has been so much said... I thought what could I say to Express how moving this story was... she is inspirational her legacy.. i believe not one person who reads this is not moved to be a better person, friend, parent, sibling, listing ear... and that's pretty amazing .. that she could move that many people... I do agree with allot of the comments about the family seeing her again, and that's also comforting... she is safe now in Gods memory.. until she rises again... but as she is asleep now... she continues to inspire.. thank you for sharing this with the world..