Lois Grace Anderson, 85, passed away on August 15, 2021
Mrs. Anderson was born March 5, 1936, in Nixa, MO to parents, James and Oleta Aven. She confessed her belief in Jesus Christ and was immersed for the remission of her sins when she was twelve years old, and from that day she strived to be like Christ. She met Gerry Dan Anderson from Springfield, MO at Missouri State University in late 1955 and they were married Dec. 30, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Nixa. They resided in Springfield until 1961 when they moved to the Kansas City, MO area.
Lois was a Christian first. This helped to strengthen her marriage with Gerry and her relationship with her children. Lois’ love for all people was always evident in the hugs she gave, the hospitality she showed to young and old alike and the joy she found in her marriage of 64 years. Her home was always available for parties and for the Ladies’ semi-monthly Bible studies. She was a wonderful example as a caregiver to other’s children as well as her own, a teacher of ladies’ bible studies and children’s classes at church, a den mother for boy scouts and a girl scout leader; along with many other activities.
Lois’ home was a welcoming place for her children’s friends to hang out for a few hours or to spend a few days. As the children got into high school and college, most Sundays Lois invited the young people over for dinner. Some of those attending eventually married one another.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dixie Lee Little.
Survivors include her children Dan (Karen) of Ashland, MO, Jeff (Nancy) of Claremont, CA, Leta (Keith Fenton) of Lone Jack, MO, Andy (Katie) of Pleasant Hill, MO, and sister LuAnna Baysinger of Nixa, MO. All 4 of her children are married to their original spouses producing 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and two on the way.
A Funeral Service will be held, 10:30 AM, Friday, August 20, 2021 at Langsford Funeral Home with a visitation starting at 9:00 AM. Burial will be at Lee’s Summit Cemetery following service.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Though we have only known Lois for a short period, she has made a profound impact in our lives and our hearts. Our deepest condolences to Gerry and the entire family. Our continued loved and prayers go out to you all.
I will remember Aunt Lois as the lively, animated aunt of my youth. She was generous with her time and her home. (Leta, some of my happiest memories of childhood are of our time together being just plain silly.) Aunt Lois got to know each of her nieces and nephews as individuals. Her faith was strong, but not intimidating. Just a part of her. This is how I’ll remember Aunt Lois. Gerry, I know your faith is as strong, and you are looking forward to being reunited with your sweetheart. Hang in there until then. Love, Becky.
Many, Many years ago Rita & I with our children were the next door neighbors of Lois and Gerry and their children. They were delightful people to be near. Gerry, we wish great comfort to you and your family.
When I was 14, Gerry came in and swung me around the kitchen. It was a few days later that I understood the exuberance. He had just bought the RING to give Lois. A few months later they were married and Lois became my sister in law. We’ve had so much fun over the decades. Lois was always a joy to be around.
I will miss her so much.
So sorry Gerry… God blessed you with a wonderful mate.. You are in our thoughts. brad & Bev
I am so sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. Her home was open to all and her heart was full of love for the Lord and those in the church family. May you have peace and comfort during this time. Sherry
Dear Gerry and Family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Lois passing!! The tribute you gave her in her obituary was Amazing and so true, it brought back alot of childhood memories. Sending prayers and hugs of Comfort to you all.
Lois was our neighbor for nearly 30 years in Lee’s Summit. What a joy she was, and I knew if I needed something she and Gerry were there to help! The driveway was often full of cars for all the visitors (family, church friends, etc.). We know she is in her eternal home now and she is full of joy and health there with the Lord. May we all strive to treat others as Lois treated us! Much love to the family as you grieve, especially to Gerry.
Sending love to a wonderful family…
Aunt Lois showed unconditional love always – even to nieces who hadn’t seen in her in 20+ years! She wrote beautiful letters and always said “I love you.” She kept up with my three children and sent Christmas cards, graduation cards, etc… always with a letter that included an update and kind thoughts and wishes. Knowing how many children and grandchildren she had in her own family made this particularly impressive! We visited Lois and Gerry when my children were young, and were greeted with the warmth of a loving family who welcomed us with open arms. Hugs, conversation, and lots of food surrounded us, and we left feeling very blessed. Lois lived a life of love, and I know she is at peace now. Gerry and family, I wish I could be with you in person, but please know I am thinking of you and praying for your family.
Dear Gerry and family: So sorry for your loss. I feel especially blessed that our paths crossed, and that I was able to visit with Lois during your times at La Verne Church of Christ. God bless you all.
Sincerely, Bruce and Yolanda (Yoli) Monroe