COVINGTON - Lois E. Wilson, 96, lifetime resident of the Covington area, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Covington Care Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1916, in Darke County, to the late William and Letha (Hollopeter) Bookwalter.
She was a graduate of Covington High School, Class of 1934, was a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren and worked as head cook at Detmer Hospital for more than 25 years. She loved gardening and cooking, but most of all she loved her grandkids and family, which included her cats.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dwight R. Wilson; grandson, Lee Mikel Bridges; sisters, Evelyn and Ruby Bookwalter; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Virginia Bookwalter; and brother-in-law, Sam Ganger.
Lois is survived by two sons, James L. and his wife, Diane Wilson of Piqua and David A. Wilson of Covington; four daughters, Joyce E. Maxon of Lufkin, Texas, Carolyn S. and her husband, Bruce Benzies of Troy, Cathy E. and her husband, Jim Bridges of Bradford, and Mary E. and her husband, Dave Alyea of Covington; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Jim and Aggie Wilson of Covington, Michelle and Jeff Lyman of Piqua, Ruby Jo Maxon of Texas, Cinda Maxon of Texas, Thomas Maxon of Texas, Rhonda Cooly of Texas, Melissa and Steve Tzirtziropolous of Florida, Jason S. and Emily Bridges of Vandalia, Jeremy D. Alyea of Garrett, Ind., and Sonya "Sunnie" Alyea of Atlanta, Ga.; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Ganger of Covington.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, at Bridges-Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington, with Pastor Phil Elmore officiating. Interment Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Humane Society, HSUS, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. or Bruckner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be left for the family at www.stockerfraley.com