Feb. 17, 1938 - March 3, 2012
Lois Elaine Smith died March 3, 2012, at her home in Walla Walla. She was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Glascow, Mont., to parents Kenneth and Genevieve Smith. In her early twenties she was a Missionary in a small village in Honduras teaching children to speak English. She enjoyed sharing her many experiences of the time she spent there. She moved to Walla Walla in 1987, from Fairfield, Wash., to begin working at the Washington State Penitentiary in medical records. She spoke Spanish fluently and at times was used as an interrupter. She worked at the Penitentiary until her retirement in 2005. Lois was a very creative person, enjoying creating and stamping greeting cards and small books for two special children, and writing stories. She was an avid reader, enjoyed singing, craft shows, quilting shows and art museums. She dearly loved her two dogs that were the center of her attention, and she would share their antics with her friends.
Lois had a strong faith in the Lord and He walked with her daily. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in her early years here, but for a number of years has been at the College Place Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed eating out and frequently could be seen at the Blackberry Restaurant, or the Chinese and Mexican restaurants, with special birthday celebrations at the Olive Garden.
A memorial service and internment will be held in Spokane, May 21, but for friends in the Walla Walla area, an informal celebration of her life will be held on Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist, 1520 Pleasant Street with Rev. Linda Weistaner of Grace United Methodist Church and Rev. Skip Prichard of College Place Presbyterian Church officiating.