The first time I remember meeting and talking with Lois was following a visit to a new church. After church that Sunday I was invited to a women's get together at the pastor's home. We gathered for tea, crafts, prayer, and chatting. I sat at a table with Lois and another young woman.
I quickly learned that Lois wasn't an average mother, grandmother, or friend. She had spunk and wasn't afraid to share her opinion but she was also the sweetest, most generous person I had ever met. Her heart was truly made of gold, and she touched every person she came in contact with.
Lois had many health problems. I honestly don't know much of the details except that she battled leukemia and recovered from it. There were days that she could barely breathe and we would still see her in church. During prayer she would thank God for life, her daughters, church, and all of her blessings. When things were really bad, she publicly asked God for help but was sure to thank him first.
Through the best and worst of times, Lois was ALWAYS overflowing with joy and happiness. Her relationship with her daughters was astounding and precious to see. She went on cruises and trips with her husband and they had one of those marriages that everyone dreams of and admires.
I think Lois touched more lives than she knew, and I was one of them. If there is one thing I learned from her life, it's that I can have joy in the worst of times. I hope that when things get tough for me, I have just a small amount of the perseverance and joy that Lois exuded everyday.
Lois, you will be missed, but we know that you are in a better place waiting for us. We love you.