LINCOLN, IL - Lois Elaine Conrady, 82, of Lincoln, entered eternal life at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Lincoln Christian Village surrounded by her loving and dedicated family.
Lois was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Lincoln, the daughter of Carl and Mabel Gehlbach Paulus. She married Wayne Conrady of Hartsburg on Oct. 7, 1951. He survives in Lincoln.
Lois is also survived by her children, three daughters: Elaine Conrady of Lincoln, Carla (Greg) Jurgenson of Atlanta and Jan (Mark) Schleder of Green Valley; two sons, Gary (Valerie) Conrady of Lincoln and Greg (Lisa) Conrady of Hartsburg; 12 grandchildren: Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Alissa (Rob) Smith, Theresa (Justin) Kegley, Leanne (Dan) Walton, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder, Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady, and Cody, Savannah, Wyatt and Shyanne Conrady; and eight great-grandchildren.
Lois was the last of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her loving parents and brother, Wilbur Paulus.
Lois graduated from Lincoln Community High School and attended Elmhurst College .
Lois was a lifetime member of St. John United Church of Christ of Lincoln, where she was actively involved in Family Fellowship, Christian Seekers, Charity Guild and served on Church Council in the position of Current Fund Treasurer. She also was a member of numerous church committees over the years.
Lois was actively involved as a partner in the family farming operation and Big Oak Hunting Paradise. As an advocate for these passions she was involved in Logan County Home Extension, Logan County Pork Producers, served 12 years on the Illinois Pork Producers Council and she and Wayne were annual fixtures at the Pork Tent ticket booths at the Illinois State Fair, Illinois Angus Auxiliary, Logan County Angus Association, Farm Bureau Women's Club, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Outfitters Association.
Even though the farm operation kept Lois busy, she was very civic minded. She was very proud of her 41 years on the Logan County Housing Authority where she has served as Chairman since 2004. Other organizations to which she belonged were Junior Women's Club, Lincoln Women's Club, Emblem Club, and P.E.O.
Lois was an advocate and supporter of the Hartem Stags, Lincoln Railers, and Midwest Central Raiders sports, school events, and organizations.
A service for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014, at St. John United Church of Christ of Lincoln with the Rev. Rich Reinwald and the Rev. Jan Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Hartsburg Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Memorials may be given to: Mid-Illinois Hemotology & Oncology Associates, LTD., Christian Village, or St. John United Church of Christ.
All services were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.