Mrs. Lois J. Moore, 82, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 6:19 in the evening with her loving Charles at her side. She had been ill for some time. She was born in Raysal, West Virginia on October 16, 1940 to the late Fred and Stella (Davis) Brewster. It is said that Lois was born into abject poverty, common at the time in Appalachia, and after losing both of her parents at a young age, she basically grew up in a network of children’s homes and orphanages. It is indeed this past that shaped her philosophies of her future.
Surviving Lois is her beloved husband, Charles D. “Chuck” Moore, who has been at her side for nearly 30 years. This was the second marriage for both of them, so naturally they travelled to Vegas to be married in the famous little white chapel on November 24, 1983. The only question we have is whether or not the minister looked like Elvis! In Lois’ later years, Chuck would remain faithfully at her side as she maneuvered through a series of medical issues that would ultimately bring them closer together and only serve to strengthen their love for each other.
Additionally, Lois is survived by sons L. Ray (Tammy) Roberts of Edwardsburg, Michigan and Scott (Mary) Moore of Portland, Oregon; daughters Brenda Jones of Goshen and Tracey Soloman of Riverside, California; brother Hugh (Barb) Brewster of Green Lane, Pennsylvania and a sister, Betty Ludwig. Lois is also survived by a multitude of loving grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends, and she is preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Roberts; a grandson, Danny Jones; and brothers, Tom, Ray, Charles and Roger Brewster.
In accordance with Lois’ love of quiet reflection and privacy, no services or visitation has been planned, and cremation has been scheduled to take place. Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart has been assisting Chuck with Lois’ arrangements.
While listening to Lois’ story, one can only imagine the treatment a child would receive living in an orphanage in the 1940’s and 50’s. To escape the realities of everyday life there, Lois would read daily, sometimes late into the night; sometimes even when she wasn’t allowed. She would become a prolific reader, escaping daily into the exciting exploits of Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, or the adventures of the characters in the stories of Louisa May Alcott, or Mark Twain, or James Whitcomb Riley……….
Reading transformed Lois into a very smart, bright young lady, and she would later enroll in school and graduate at the head of her high school class, at the age of 16, as the class valedictorian.
Lois read her entire life, until her eyes were too weak to see the letters, although she could probably recite most stories by memory. The literacy, vocabulary and comprehension developed by her years of reading gained her several positions as an office manager throughout life, taking care of companies that brought in millions of dollars a month. She loved to travel, visit casinos and would even accompany Chuck during his golf game, although in her later years, she would come to find that there really was no place like home, especially with Chuck at her side. We’re sure Chuck had no problem with that, as Lois was reputed to be an excellent cook and loved to spend time with her sweetheart.
Friends and family wishing to make a donation in Lois’ memory may do so by donating to the charity of one’s choice. Additionally, please be sure to thoroughly browse Lois’ obit page, as you are able to leave condolences and memories, post photographs on her memory wall, and order other funerary items in regard to the family.
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