Lois Peel, 86, of Perry died on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Perry Health Care in Perry. Funeral services were June 24 at Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial was at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Lois Jeanette Bridgett Peel was born at Kings Daughters Hospital in Perry, on Feb. 19, 1927, to Lew and LuVerna Joyce Trowbridge Higgins Bridgett and passed from this earth on June 20, 2013, at Perry Health Care Center in Perry.
Lois started school at Coffee Country School located between Perry and Dawson. She started school at 4 years old because she kept running off and following her older sisters June and Mamie to school, so the teacher said that she might as well stay and attend school. Thus Lois graduated from Dawson High School at age 16. Her dream was to become an airline stewardess (attendant) but in 1943 in order to be a stewardess a person was required to have some nurses training. Because of her age, Lois was too young to be admitted to nurses training so she went to work at Harry and Everett’s Grocery Store on Willis Avenue in Perry. A unique duty of this employment involved working with rationing stamps because World War II was going on at that time.
On Sept. 14, 1947, Lois was joined in marriage to Clarence Edwin Peel. They were married at McDonald’s Tea Room in Perry and honeymooned in Omaha, Neb. Lois and Clarence became the parents of one child, a daughter Verah Jeanette. In order to make extra money for the family and still care for their daughter, Lois began making pies for various Perry restaurants including the Maid Rite, Wolber’s Diner, and Fern and Clarence Johnson’s Restaurant and for the dinners of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department.
Being the youngest of eight children, Lois became an aunt when she was only 5 years old. She enjoyed her nieces and nephews very much and could always relate a cute story regarding one of these nieces or nephews. One in particular involved Lois hiding Easter eggs for her nieces and nephews. So she said, Oscar her dog helped her hide the eggs and then when the children came to hunt for the eggs her nephew Larry Sayles found the most eggs because Lois’ dog Oscar favored Larry and led him to where the eggs were hidden. As the nieces and nephews got older, the door at Uncle Clarence and Aunt Lois’ house was always welcoming them.
Cooking, catering and entertaining were Lois’ favorite activities. When her only grandchild, R.J. Peddicord was born in 1972, Lois even set him on the counter and let him assist with her cooking. She made pies, cookies and potato salad for many people in Perry and the surrounding area. She continued her passion for cooking during the 30 years she was employed at Stoner’s Market in Perry. She enjoyed her employment very much because she was included in many of the Stoner Family get-togethers, as well as being an employee for so many years.
Lois is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Perry, and was an active member of Perry Business and Professional Women’s Club as well as a past president of BPW, and former President of Zadok Circle of Kings Daughters in Perry.
Lois was preceded in death by Clarence, her husband of 56 years; her parents Lew and LuVerna Bridgett; brothers Chester Franklin Higgins, and Robert Melvin Higgins; her sisters and their spouses, Eva (Lawrence) Peel, Hazel (LoweIl) Sayles, Agnes (Lewis) Dorman, Mamie (Leon) Hingeley, and June (Carl) Leonard. Also preceding her in death were her in-laws: Sam and Marle Peel, Shirley Peel, Lloyd (Mary) Peel, Lawrence (Eva) Peel, Donald (Martha) Peel and Ray Carstens.
Lois will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Jeanette and son-in-law Richard Peddicord of Perry, grandson R.J. (Theresa) Peddicord; great-grandsons, Sinjin and Tyler Peddicord; and step grandchildren Eric Duffy of Nicholasville, KY. and Cassarah and Bradley Farson of Lexington, KY.; stepdaughter Ramona Peel of Perry; sister-in-law Rosalind Carstens of Arlington, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be given to family and may be left at the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.