Lois Jeannine Hefley, 74, of Webb City, Missouri went to be with her Lord on October 6, 2010.
She was born in Lyons, Kansas on November 26, 1935 to Hiram Smith (deceased) and Mary Marceline (Tener) Smith (deceased). Lois graduated from Lyons High School. She attended Sterling College, Sterling Kansas, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg Kansas and Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas. She had a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters Degree in Library Science.
She was married to Gary Jackson, Sr. (divorced), Brian Fenton (divorced) and Jerry Hefley (deceased).
In the last years of Loisís life she lived in Oswego, Kansas and Grove, Oklahoma and in 2006 moved to Webb City, Missouri to live with her son and family so she could be closer to her granddaughter.
Lois was a schoolteacher and librarian for various school districts. Lois was nominated as a Kansas Master Teacher by the Chetopa Teacherís Association. She retired from the Oswego Kansas USD #504 School District.
Lois was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, VFW Auxiliary Local 3399, KNEA Representative, Master Gardener of Delaware County and Jasper County, Arbor Day Foundation, and Sweet Annies Herb Club of Grove. Her garden was featured in the Grove Home Garden Tour sponsored by Lendonwood Gardens.
Lois volunteered at the Christian Medical Clinic of Grove Oklahoma and also volunteered at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. Lois attended Christís Church of Oronogo and was a member of their Young at Heart Group and served on the Welcome Ministry Team. Lois loved to travel and went on several trips a year. She loved to garden and enjoyed her flowers and plants. She also liked antiques, books, music and singing.
Survivors include one son, Gary Jackson Jr. and his wife Sherri of Webb City Missouri; two step-daughters, Tina Dinnsen of Oswego, Kansas and Tisha Schroeder of Topeka, Kansas; a sister, Sharon Palmgren of Lyons, Kansas; a brother, Frank Smith of Baltimore, Maryland; and one granddaughter, Olivia Jackson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Smith and sister, Doloris Nevil.
A celebration of Loisís life will be held at 10 a.m., October 21, 2010 at Christís Church of Oronogo. Another service will be held at the Ebenezer Church, Lyons Kansas on October 23 at 2 p.m.
Family request that memorial contributions be made to the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in honor of Lois.