Lois graduated from Mildred High School in 1932; she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1936 with a Phi Beta Kappa Honor and her master's degree from Pittsburg State University in 1938. Her teaching career began in western Kansas and continued in California, Guam and France while her husband served in the military. She retired in 1979 from Fort Scott Junior High after teaching at Fort Scott High School.
Lois was currently a member of the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton and was formerly a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott. She was also a member of United Methodist Women, NEA, SEKAAP, VITA, AARP, Fort Scott Beacon, Fort Scott Historic Preservation Society, Meals on Wheels of Fort Scott and the Fort Scott Garden Club. She was also a seasonal employee at Fort Scott National Historic Site and volunteered at the Fort Scott Library.
She married William Marshall in 1944 at Great Bend, Kan. They were later divorced.
Survivors include three daughters, Janet Snively (Lew) of Lubbock, Texas, Llona Steele (Lynn) of Chicago, Ill., and Loeta Marshall de Vazquez (Junior) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; two sons, Orin Marshall (Lenora) of Holton, Kan., and Alan Marshall of Pahrump, Nev.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Inurnment will be in the Kincaid City Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Valley Falls UMYF care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan., 66436. A book is available to sign at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton or you may leave an online message for the family at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.