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Lois Donahue, age 89, went to be with her Savior on Thursday, June 16, 2016 with family by her side. Lois, the daughter of John and Sarah Den Otter was born October 25, 1926 in Otley, Iowa. She attended Monroe High School in Monroe, Iowa and graduated in 1944. She was united in marriage to Conrad Donahue on February 1, 1947. Lois and Conrad raised eight children in their 46 years of marriage. Her gentle spirit and loving heart leave behind lessons that will live on in her family. Lois was a faithful member of the Community of Christ Church in Monroe. She worked as a substitute teacher, school van driver and lunch staff member in the Webster and Ballard school districts. She enjoyed "coffee time" with friends, participating in quilt group and teaching Vacation Bible School. She was always up for new adventures with her family members. Lois was a remarkable woman of faith. What she witnessed in her home, she practiced for herself - dependence on God in every circumstance, love for His word, concern for others above self, and an indomitable spirit displayed with a smile. Left to cherish Lois' memory are her eight children. Five sons: Gary (Nanette) of Toccoa, Georgia, Jon (Linda) of Ankeny, Kelly of Monroe, David (Linda) of Monroe, Dennis (Karen) of Pleasant Hill and three daughters: Connie McCroskey of Des Moines, Jo Ellen (Kevin) Nelson of Eldora and Janice Donahue of Monroe. Twenty-four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, her sister, Ruth Vriezelaar of Yuba, CA and brother-in-law, Patrick Donahue of Park Rapids, MN. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Donahue, brothers Donald Den Otter and Burten Den Otter, daughter-in-law Ann Donahue, brothesr-in-law William Vriezelaar, Walter Donahue and Michael Donahue, sister-in-law Thelma Den Otter and her parents. Funeral services were held on June 20 at Community of Christ Church. Burial was at Dunreath Cemetery. Memorial to Taylor House Hospice or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.williamsfhknoxville.com. Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville handled arrangements.
Published on June 21, 2016
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