Lois Oellrich

1922 - 2013


Lois Oellrich

Sept. 14, 1922 — Oct. 12, 2013

Lois Lenore (Smith) Oellrich, 91, of College Place, died Oct. 12, 2013.

Lois was born in LaCombe, Alberta, Canada, on Sept. 14, 1922, the third child of parents Calvin Dee Smith and Pearl Madeline (Rick) Smith.

She graduated from Plainview Academy in South Dakota, where she met her future husband, Gil. Lois and John Gilbert “Gil” Oellrich were married on Sept. 14, 1941, in Eagle Rock, Calif. Following their marriage, Lois and Gil made their home in California as World War II began. They later moved to South Dakota, where their children were born. During their 66 years of marriage, Lois had many roles, from ranch wife and mother, to student, working professional, and volunteer.

Lois graduated from Walla Walla College in 1971, earning her baccalaureate degree in nursing, before completing a master’s in public health from Loma Linda University in 1973. Lois worked for Umatilla County Health Department as a visiting nurse for several years before “retiring” to Guam with Gil to work at the Seventh-day Adventist hospital there. After returning to the United States, she was again employed with the Walla Walla County Health Department before once more coming out of “retirement” to act as school nurse at Garfield High School in Los Angeles. Following her final retirement from nursing, Lois participated in several projects with Mission Church Builders. She was a member of the College Place Village Church of Seventh-day Adventists.

Lois is survived by children, Don (Judy) Oellrich of Lake Tapps, Wash., Lori (Sean) Fargo of Pasco and Karen (Oran) Claridge of Denver; as well as seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; four nieces, three nephews; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gil; a grandson, Daniel Oellrich; and her brothers, Llewellyn Smith and Delmer Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov., 10, 2013, at Heubach Chapel (WWU Church), 4th and Bade Streets, College Place, Walt Meske will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Project Patch, The American Bible Society, or Pine Knoll Publications through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Family and friends may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.


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