Lois "Abbie" Abbott Radcliffe passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland. A private viewing was held at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Maryland on Saturday, January 19, 2013 and attended by her immediate family. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4 pm.
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Lois Abbott Radcliffe was born on February 17, 1931 in Boonville, Missouri. She is the daughter of Clara Angerman Smith and Stepfather Charles Issac Smith of Franklin, Missouri, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School in Boonville, Missouri in the class of 1949. She often spoke of her fondness of working at the Fox Lyric Thespian Theatre in Boonville, Missouri during High School. After graduating High School, she attended St. Luke's College of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated with her Registered Nurse (RN) Degree. After graduation, she worked as an Obstetric/Pediatric Nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri for several years. In 1953, she married her husband of 44 years, Richard Olson Radcliffe, of Kansas City, Kansas, who preceded her in death on August 24, 1997. After the birth of their three children, she and her husband accepted a transfer opportunity from AT&T (Bell South) in 1965 and relocated their family from Kansas City, Kansas to the Washington DC Suburb where she and her husband raised their three children and lived in the same house until her death. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; keeping in touch with family and friends from the Midwest; dancing; gardening; playing cards especially bridge; attending church functions; reading newspapers, magazines and books; walking; riding a bicycle; watching late night tv, old movies, College basketball, College Football and NFL Football.
Survivors include children: Stephen Charles and Sandra Radcliffe of Laurel, Maryland; Linda Ellen Radcliffe Reid of Frankford, Delaware, and Dale Richard and Joanne Radcliffe of Crownsville, Maryland; her brother Donald Dale Abbott of Higginsville, Missouri; Grandchildren: Sarah Ashley and Brian Blankenship, Jamie Lynne and Nicholas Safran, Taylor Baron Radcliffe, Eva Michelle Radcliffe and Brett Olson Radcliffe; Great Grandchildren: Kayla Lynne Reid, Jayden Nicholas Safran and Myah Nicole Safran; Two nieces; one nephew and several cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations/memorials be sent to Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1500 Main Street, Boonville, Missouri 65233 (in memory of Lois Abbott Radcliffe) OR The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, New York, NY 10163 (in memory of her husband, Richard O. Radcliffe).
Published in Boonville Daily News from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, 2013