Lois Madeline Witcher

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SAN ANGELO Lois Madeline Witcher, known as Toddy to many, passed this earthly world on Feb. 16, 2014. At her request to be cremated, there will be a graveside ceremony Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Fairmount Cemetery. She was born the Belcher family's only daughter to Gertrude Blanche and Franklin D. Belcher on March 2, 1923, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Many of her friends call her by her given name, Lois, but most members of the family and her grandchildren call her Gran Todd of Toddy. She grew up in McCamey, Texas where her father was Sheriff. She established school friendships in McCamey that she enjoyed and cherished throughout her lifetime. She graduated from McCamey High School where she lettered in girls basketball, and proudly still had her high school letter sweater. She obtained her pilot's license, and enjoyed flying in the open cockpit era of aviation. At one time, she was the only woman pilot in Upton County. She was working towards a commercial pilot when she met her husband to be. This ended her flying career. She married W.A. "Bill" Witcher on March 25, 1946 in Abilene, Texas. They originally lived in San Angelo moving back to McCamey where they owned the C & W Confectionery for several years. In 1956 they moved to Andrews, Texas where she worked for Dr. John Hayes, who also loved flying. On occasion, and much to her delight, he would take her up in his airplane for a scenic tour. In 1963 the family returned to San Angelo where she worked for J.C. Penny's Co., Lake View High School and News Photo until her retirement. She enjoyed many years of faithful membership with the Trinity United Methodist Church, and the friendships with her church family who continued to befriend her when she was no longer able to drive and attend church services. She and Bill enjoyed 50 years of fishing trips, mountain excursions and vacations, games of dominoes with friends, bingo, large family gatherings and fun times dancing. In recent years she enjoyed quietly volunteering her time, learning to paint, trips to Las Vegas and card games with new and renewed old friends. She enjoyed watching sports, especially football and golf, Clark Gable movies, playing cards and dominoes, and dancing at every opportunity. She especially enjoyed the good times starting off her day with her HEB coffee friends until recently. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; her two older brothers, Leon and Jack Belcher; three nephews; one niece; her special sisters-in-law; and her lifelong friend, Virgina King. She is survived by her dear friend, Tim Beys; daughter Carmen Behrens and Larry, also known as her favorite son-in-law; younger, beloved brother Colby Belcher of Coleyville; grandchildren Kelley Byrd and wife Stacy of Cibilio, Kortney Bailey and husband Kyle of San Angelo and Blake Behrens and wife Dana of San Angelo; great-grandchildren Kassidy Tanner and fiance Ashton Braddock, Tyler Tanner, Tripp Bailey, Pierce Behrens and Peyton Behrens; great-great-grandson River Braddock, all of San Angelo; and several special nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. McCloy and staff, the fifth floor north nurses, Dr. Steve Boster, Dr. Cummins and staff, Rev. Tamera Strali and the caring staff of the Rotary Hospice House and Hospice of San Angelo. As her children, we wish to express our gratitude to her friends for their care and support, especially Dela Hartgrove, Louise Moulton and Tim Beys. Donations may be made to hospice of San Angelo, Serra Vista United Methodist Church or a . Family and friends can sign the online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com.

Published in GoSanAngelo from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2014
Lois Madeline Witcher
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