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LOIS MARIE OTTAWAY

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Lois Marie Ottaway Lois Marie (Loie) Ottaway went to meet the Lord she loved on Jan. 21, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Wichita, Kan. on Oct. 9, 1931, to Albert H. and Clare M. (Russell) Ottaway. She grew up on a wheat farm outside of Goddard and attended Kansas State University, earning a degree in Journalism. After graduating, Lois worked in the KSU Athletic Director's office, moving into the role of Assistant Director of Sports Information. She was one of the nation's first female sportswriters. Lois later obtained her Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Her next career move was to Wheaton College, Illinois teaching Graduate Level Media Relation courses, becoming the Manager of the News Service. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating media coverage of The Billy Graham Center's opening at Wheaton College, coming to personally know the Grahams. She directed media coverage for several national dignitaries' visits. She worked as advisor for the student newspaper and was published in several national periodicals. After leaving Wheaton College, Lois served many years with several missionary organizations as a Donor Alliance Coordinator. Lois lived a life of philanthropy. For many decades she was active at a large church in inner-city Chicago, devoting her life to advocating for the needs of the under-served. She volunteered and served in many organizations, endowed several educational scholarships, and supported multiple nonprofit organizations. She impacted the lives of countless individuals she encountered. Lois also found time to pursue her many hobbies. She lived a full, passionate and vibrant life, grabbing every opportunity for knowledge and growth while serving others. Lois was a longtime resident of Wheaton, having recently moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. to live near family. Lois is survived by her three sisters, Lucille (DeWayne) Gerlach of Peck, Kan., Louise Hillman of Ada, Mich. and Leah Newsom of Arcadia, Calif. Also surviving her are five nieces and nephews, along with their children. All who knew her were changed for good by loving and having been loved by her. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at LaSalle Street Church, in Chicago on Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2013
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