Lois E. (Howsmon) (Kellough) Stewart, former long-time resident of London, recently passed from this life on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. She was 88 years old.
Born November 24, 1924, in Bloomingburg, she was the fifth of six children born to Oney Earnest Howsmon and Artie Chloe (Davis) Howsmon.
She graduated from Bloomingburg High School in 1943; and, apart from being a mother and homemaker, through the years she also held positions with Stanley Home Products, General Electric Company, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Madison County Farm Bureau and London Correctional Institution, from which she retired after 15 years of service.
For a number of years prior to her retirement, she was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, Mt. Sterling chapter, in which she held the offices of Secretary and President, as well as State Courtesy Chairman, working to raise funds to end Muscular Dystrophy. For nearly a quarter century, she also greatly enjoyed ceramics, making ornaments, figures and decorative items, which she often gave to friends, relatives and others. Her family attests to the fact that she was also a fantastic cook, as well as baker of cakes, pies, cookies and the like, which she not only delighted in giving to others, but also often donated to bake sales and charitable events.
Following retirement, she was a volunteer at the Madison County Hospital gift shop, and was also a member of the Madison County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Madison County. She was a lifetime member of the Bloomingburg Methodist Church; however, in the years prior to moving to California in 2001 (in order to be with her daughter Paula (Kellough) Cobb), she more often attended the Methodist Church in Newport.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by former husbands, Kermit L. Kellough and Harold S. ("Dick") Stewart; her four brothers, (Orville L. Howsmon, Cletice E. Howsmon, Max E. Howsmon and Robert E. Howsmon); as well as sister, Helen L. (Howsmon) Vigneault; grandsons, Addam D. Kellough and Eric E. Mogavero; and one niece, Jeanne (Vigneault) Sanders.
She leaves behind as her legacy, her son, David L. Kellough, currently of London; and daughter, Paula K. (Kellough) Cobb of Escondido, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Her family says she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt - as well as equally wonderful friend to many. She is sorely missed.
A private memorial service is to be held in April, in her daughter's home at 3227 Foothill Street, Escondido, CA 92025 - where condolences may be addressed. Interment will follow in Range Township Cemetery, near Sedalia.
Published in The Madison Press on Mar. 30, 2013